25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Q&A | Yesterday, 3:26pm

Richard Kadrey: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Richard Kadrey



Describe your latest book. The Getaway God is the sixth book in the Sandman Slim series. In it, the very unholy nephilim, James Stark, aka Sandman... Continue »
  1. $17.49 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$69.95
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
3 Remote Warehouse Graphic Novels- Literary

Big Questions

by

Big Questions Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A New York Times Notable Book of 2011, included on Amazon.com, Publishers Weekly, and  NPRS Best Comics lists

A haunting postmodern fable, Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and more than six hundred pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent, stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds—some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group. Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.

     Big Questions has roots in classic fables—the birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts, and there are hints of the heros journey, but here the easy moral that closes most fables is left open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsens parable lets the questions wander where they will.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Notable Book of 2011, included on Amazon.com, Publishers Weekly, and  NPRS Best Comics lists

A haunting postmodern fable, Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and more than six hundred pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent, stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds—some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group. Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.

     Big Questions has roots in classic fables—the birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts, and there are hints of the heros journey, but here the easy moral that closes most fables is left open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsens parable lets the questions wander where they will.

About the Author

Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and now lives in Chicago. He has a BFA in painting and illustration from the University of NewMexico in Albuquerque. He is the author of Dogs and Water and Dont Go Where I Cant Follow.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770460447
Author:
Nilsen, Anders Brekhus
Publisher:
Drawn and Quarterly
Author:
Nilsen, Anders
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110816
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-White and Color Illustrations
Pages:
658
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.25 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 18

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Literary

Big Questions New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$69.95 In Stock
Product details 658 pages Drawn & Quarterly - English 9781770460447 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Notable Book of 2011, included on Amazon.com, Publishers Weekly, and  NPRS Best Comics lists

A haunting postmodern fable, Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and more than six hundred pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent, stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds—some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group. Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.

     Big Questions has roots in classic fables—the birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts, and there are hints of the heros journey, but here the easy moral that closes most fables is left open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsens parable lets the questions wander where they will.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.