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Klezmer: Tales from the Wild East

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Publisher Comments:

Klezmer tells a wild tale of love, friendship, survival, and the joy of making music in pre-World War II Eastern Europe. The Baron of My Backside is perfectly content as the leader of a traveling klezmer band, until his bandmates are brutally murdered. He sets out for Odessa alone, inconsolable even after he is joined by Chava, a beautiful girl with a voice like an angel. Meanwhile, Yaacov is expelled from his yeshiva for stealing; he too makes his way to Odessa along with Vincenzo, a violinist, and Tshokola, a gypsy entertainer. When these five misfits finally come together, they must set aside their differences and learn to work together (and rock a crowd) through their music. Tragic, humorous, violent, and tender, Klezmer's rich watercolor art and simple but moving story-telling draws you into the lives of these fascinating characters.

Review:

"In The Rabbi's Cat, Sfar showed a knack for slightly tweaked and jokey mystical fables, a talent he updates with a harsher edge in this first volume of a new series about a band of itinerant Klezmer musicians. While Cat reflected its drowsy, lugubrious North African setting, this tale is darker, edged with a tragic, Eastern European jocularity, a mix of the fantastic and cruel. In Sfar's expressive art, bright splotches of color overflow his wildly looping drawing. In the violent opening, Noah (nicknamed 'The Baron of My Backside') narrowly escapes the massacre of his bandmates by rival musicians. Later in the book, after extracting some revenge, he puts a new band together with the misfits who roam through the intervening pages. They include a pair of former yeshiva students exiled for theft; the baron's voluptuous love interest, Chava; and Tshokola, a less than truthful gypsy on the run from Cossacks. Much of the book has the feel of a goofy, somewhat twisted vaudeville routine, with Sfar's characters meeting under bad circumstances and making light of it via some bad jokes. Deeply suffused with Jewish religious and ethnic identity, the book is profane, messy, jagged and wildly enthusiastic, much like klezmer itself. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Sfar tells a wild tale of love, friendship, survival, and the joy of making music in pre-World War II Eastern Europe. Rich watercolor art and simple but moving storytelling draws readers into the lives of five fascinating characters.

About the Author

The prodigious Joann Sfar has over 100 books in print and an international following among readers of all ages.  The son of a Sephardic father and an Ashkenazi mother, Sfar continues to harvest incredible riches from his twin bloodlines.  In his bestselling The Rabbi's Cat, he took us to his paternal country of Algeria; now, in Klezmer he steeps us in the music, pathos, and relentless adventure of his mother's Eastern European heritage. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596431980
Subtitle:
Tales of the Wild East
Author:
Sfar, Joann
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
CGN004000
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
20060905
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.54x6.10x.45 in. .74 lbs.
Age Level:
18-UP

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Product details 144 pages First Second - English 9781596431980 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In The Rabbi's Cat, Sfar showed a knack for slightly tweaked and jokey mystical fables, a talent he updates with a harsher edge in this first volume of a new series about a band of itinerant Klezmer musicians. While Cat reflected its drowsy, lugubrious North African setting, this tale is darker, edged with a tragic, Eastern European jocularity, a mix of the fantastic and cruel. In Sfar's expressive art, bright splotches of color overflow his wildly looping drawing. In the violent opening, Noah (nicknamed 'The Baron of My Backside') narrowly escapes the massacre of his bandmates by rival musicians. Later in the book, after extracting some revenge, he puts a new band together with the misfits who roam through the intervening pages. They include a pair of former yeshiva students exiled for theft; the baron's voluptuous love interest, Chava; and Tshokola, a less than truthful gypsy on the run from Cossacks. Much of the book has the feel of a goofy, somewhat twisted vaudeville routine, with Sfar's characters meeting under bad circumstances and making light of it via some bad jokes. Deeply suffused with Jewish religious and ethnic identity, the book is profane, messy, jagged and wildly enthusiastic, much like klezmer itself. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Sfar tells a wild tale of love, friendship, survival, and the joy of making music in pre-World War II Eastern Europe. Rich watercolor art and simple but moving storytelling draws readers into the lives of five fascinating characters.

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