Monday, 13 February 2012

Graphic Passions: Being Literary with Auster

So while we's being literary in the graphic novel department - let me mention "City of Glass".

It's an adaptation of Paul Auster's novella of same name... by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli and published in the UK by Faber. (Click here for link to Paul Gravett piece on Mazzucchelli.)

The Old Man gives this to me as a Christmas present and as I start to look at/read it... (Does one "read" a comix book/ graphic novel? Well I guess that I would argue that you can "read" a painting... so maybe "read" is OK.) ..as I be sayin ...

I begin the book and I realise that I did read Auster's original novella. Because I do occasionally read a work of literature you know, and Paul Auster be a writer I do read. So take that, all youse out there who do think I do nothing but watch telly and filch Mrs D's thrillers...

Anyway, anyway, what I want to say is that I really like it. It's a splendid adaptation with a visual, graphic structure that works well as a translation of the book. This edition has a forward by the revered Art Spiegelman explaining how the project came about.

And by the way... for those of you with access to BBC's podcasts you may want to download the broadcast of Radio 4's Book Club of Feb 5 2012.... in which Spiegelman talks about his major work "Maus", without which......

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seeing as LGD is quite fond of the odd thumbs up, so to speak, I'd like to say that in a parallel universe this blog was written by me. Me being of Danish origins and decidedly fond of Eurocrime, knitted dolls, Paul Auster, Solaris (the original) and graphic novels. I shall pop in for recommendations from now on. Brilliant blog.

Little Grey Doll said...

You mean there are others like I out there? Hurray! Thank you very much for your kind words. So naturally I says do please drop in and comment...

Anonymous said...

Hello again. Was watching ITV, as one does from time to time, and came across a trailer for a new Danish crime drama, Those Who Kill, apparently due to air next Thursday. Alas it was not that popular in my home country. My mum didn't bother with it, but I hear the Germans were keen, and the US is busy creating their own re-make. When will they ever learn?