Paul Auster, David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik – City of Glass

Improving a masterpiece
This graphic novel represents the highest expression of what Hugo Pratt used to call “graphic literature”: it’s a graphic novel transposition of Paul Auster’s narrative masterpiece that does not affect the original and makes the definition of “graphic novel adaption” inadequate.
The real peculiarity of the work lies in the fact that the novel’s subject are language and identity, which are definitelty non-graphic themes. Nevertheless, Mazzucchelli’s and Karasik’s mastery vividly unveil the story and their ability to communicate stands out in the ten drawings of the main character’s monologue. Even thoughts become alive in those pages that, for most of the story, are split into nine frames, reminding the bars of a jail or a cage. The graphic mark overcomes the story and the white page is attacked by black ink, up until the last scenes where messed up strokes strongly show the main character’s mental disorder. A shining example of narrative graphic.

 

 

Translation by Paola Roveda (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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Giorgio Olivari
Giorgio Olivari was born in Brescia in the last century. He has been a professional in the field of industrial design for more than thirty years. After the first forty years as a reader he discovered writing by chance: a life’s joke. His forever partner enrolls him in a creative writing course: maybe for fun, more likely to get rid of him. A spark that, once lit, does not go out but becomes a narrative, stories, thoughts; some of which published by BESA in “Pretesti Sensibili - Sensitive Excuses” (2008). His first collection of short stories, “Futili Emotivi- Futile Emotions”, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010. His passion for literature led him to “infect” other readers by coordinating reading groups: “Arcobaleno” in Paderno Franciacorta, “Chiare Lettere” in Nave. He actively collaborates with the literary magazine Inkroci with reviews and stories.