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Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



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Eighteen individuals throughout history whose entire lives unfold simultaneously. Comprised entirely of double page spreads split into eighteen panels with each panel featuring one character's life, cartoonist Ray Fawkes has artfully crafted eighteen linear stories into one non-linear masterpiece.

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"An ambitious novelty that follows a single soul as it's reincarnated through human history, this graphic novel is intricately constructed. Each two-page spread is divided evenly into two three-by-three grids. Each of its 18 individual stories takes place in a single panel in that grid through the book's 88 spreads, so that to follow, say, the life of a silk heiress in Imperial China, the reader fastens the eye to a single spot in the book and then turns the pages quickly. A few of the 18 heroes, like a doctor in plague-ridden medieval Europe, make an impression, but the pixilated story mostly allows the characters' lives to register only in flashes. (Historically accurate, these lives are often nasty, brutish, and short.) But Fawkes creates black-and-white tableaux of action, grief, sex and death spanning centuries. Individual spreads allow 18 characters to speak in unison, as when we see every subject's eyes widen simultaneously. When a character dies, his panel goes black for the rest of the book, and we meet the soul itself in cryptic narration. If the words that flicker across those panels offer lightweight philosophizing, there's still unexpected resonance in turning the pages and seeing more and more of the book turning dark. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9781934964668
Author:
Fawkes, Ray
Publisher:
Oni Press
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Oni Press - English 9781934964668 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An ambitious novelty that follows a single soul as it's reincarnated through human history, this graphic novel is intricately constructed. Each two-page spread is divided evenly into two three-by-three grids. Each of its 18 individual stories takes place in a single panel in that grid through the book's 88 spreads, so that to follow, say, the life of a silk heiress in Imperial China, the reader fastens the eye to a single spot in the book and then turns the pages quickly. A few of the 18 heroes, like a doctor in plague-ridden medieval Europe, make an impression, but the pixilated story mostly allows the characters' lives to register only in flashes. (Historically accurate, these lives are often nasty, brutish, and short.) But Fawkes creates black-and-white tableaux of action, grief, sex and death spanning centuries. Individual spreads allow 18 characters to speak in unison, as when we see every subject's eyes widen simultaneously. When a character dies, his panel goes black for the rest of the book, and we meet the soul itself in cryptic narration. If the words that flicker across those panels offer lightweight philosophizing, there's still unexpected resonance in turning the pages and seeing more and more of the book turning dark. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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