9782844140852

Epileptic

David B.

ISBN 10: 2844140858 / 2-84414-085-8
ISBN 13: 9782844140852
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the last ten years is finally published in English. The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the 1990s, Epileptic is author David B.'s story of his brother's battle with epilepsy—but it turns into a penetrating and sometimes lacerating self-examination on the author's part, as he delves into his own complex emotions and his family's troubled history, as well as his own youthful fantasy life. Particularly pointed is his description of the family's journey from one attempted cure to another (including acupuncture, spiritualism, and macrobiotic diet), the book is drawn in David B.'s spare but detailed, straightforward but elegant style. We would have called this A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius if it hadn't been taken already.

One of the most extraordinarily well-received graphic novels in France and the winner of the French national cartooning award "Alph'Art," Epileptic will intrigue American readers with its sharp yet (mostly) sympathetic treatment of the '70s alternative-health milieu and its often harrowing depiction of a family under siege by this singular and devastating malady. Co-published with France's L'Association.


Review:
Epileptic est une grande première pour l'Association, puisqu'il s'agit de son premier livre en langue étrangère. Voici déjà quelques temps, l'idée de traduire directement en anglais quelques fleurons du catalogue s'est concrétisée. Il a paru évident de commencer avec l'Ascension du Haut Mal de David B. D'un format intermédiaire entre Ciboulette et Eperluette, Epileptic reprend en un seul volume et en anglais les trois premiers tomes du Haut Mal. Si l'essentiel du tirage est destiné aux Etats-Unis, diffusé par Fantagraphics Books, ce sera aussi l'occasion de faire découvrir ce chef-d'oeuvre dans tous les pays non francophones. Depuis son début, l'Ascension du Haut Mal s'est assuré une place de classique non négligeable, multipliant attentions, presse, prix, etc. Cette version anglaise devrait amplifier le rayonnement internationnal de David B. qui était déjà distingué comme Meilleur Auteur dans le Comics Journal en 1998, alors sans aucune traduction disponible.

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Review:
"David B has created a wildly beautiful fantasia on human frailty, on the making of an artist and the unmaking of his own brother -- a memoir that is hopeful and bitterly poignant all at once." -- Paul Collins, author of Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism

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