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Nocturnal Conspiracies: Nineteen Dreams, from December 1979 to September 1994by David B.
"B. carries off what could be overwhelming subject matter in clear compositions and deceptively simple lines: the book can be read in a half-hour sitting, sped along by uncluttered pages and an unadorned style that recreates the unwilled unfolding of dreams themselves." John Pistelli, Rain Taxi (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Author David B. (Epileptic) sets down 19 of his dreams, and it makes for a gorgeous, mysterious volume. His nocturnal topics run from the French resistance, Nazis, whores and wives to figures from the mythical history of Samarkand. Most of the dreams involve chases, danger and life-threatening conspiracies, all given life by B.'s startlingly clear presentation, etched in shades of moonlight blue and black. The overall sense of foreboding is as haunting as a nightmare. The text, at least in translation, is more prosaic and adds little; it's the art that's the real treasure. B. handles panel to panel progressions like no one else: theatrical, yet loose and immediate in their storytelling, the panels are also stunningly beautiful. Think of an easy Modernism married to a novelist's sharp eye and a printmaker's graphic touch, all things 'painterly.' B's eerie dreamscapes succeed mostly as an art piece, but for enthusiasts of European cartooning at its most confidently experimental, this will be a must have." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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." School Library Journal
"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." Booklist
"[T]he collection feels coherent, even linear, albeit in an intuitive way....Nocturnal Conspiracies continues the emotional and artistic work of Epileptic, stripping the art — and the artist — down to raw process." Los Angeles Times
About the Author
David B first came to the attention of U.S. readers through his Epileptic. This is his first new effort since that groundbreaking graphic novel.
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