Nocturnal Conspiracies: Nineteen Dreams From December 1979 to September 1994

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The best-selling author of "Epileptic" and one of Europe’s leading new generation comics artists invites us to experience nineteen explorative and most imaginative dreams he has experienced. Strange, scary, beautiful, funny and with a sense all their own, these are tales of the inner psyche.

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Grade 10 Up—This title offers 19 surreal tales based on dreams the author had between the ages of 20 and his mid-30s. Each one features its own sinister element, whether terrorists planning to blow up Paris, a brutal massacre in an African desert, or French Gestapo agents tracking down and killing members of the Resistance. Like dreams, each scene does not always flow cohesively into the next, resulting in gaps in the story and unconnected elements that leave much to readers' imaginations. Although the dreams pull readers in with their strangeness, along with plenty of action and suspense, the real strength of this graphic novel lies in the images. David B. has a distinct style that uses heavy black inks combined with grays and blues. His detailed drawings complement the text and carry it through each panel. The results are captivating. Although this book is less likely to enjoy the widespread appeal of his autobiographical Epileptic (Pantheon, 2005), followers of his work won't be disappointed.—Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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French artist David B.’s Epileptic (2005), an account of his brother’s lifelong battle with epilepsy and its devastating effect on his family, was one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of the early twenty-first century. He has been little seen on these shores since, though any new work from him is welcome, even this disappointingly slight volume recounting 19 dreams spanning 15 years. Of familiar, if extreme, nature, most involve chases, in which the artist is usually pursued (though occasionally he is the pursuer) by armed, dangerous Gestapo agents, Roman legionaries, Khmer Rouge soldiers, gangsterish killers, and so forth. Some are more benign. He finds himself in a taxi full of animals or discovering a store full of unknown books by surrealist novelist Roland Topor. All the dreams share an undercurrent of disquieting anxiety. The book’s premise offers a showcase for David B.’s strengths, and his powerful compositions and imaginatively expressive renderings give the dreams vivid life. But the book’s fragmentary nature—some dreams cover only eight panels—make it less engaging than the lengthy Epileptic. --Gordon Flagg

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