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Epileptic (Paperback)

Author:  David B.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375714685
ISBN-13: 9780375714689
Sku: 202054443
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  362
Age Range:  NA
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A personal memoir told in the form of a graphic novel chronicles the authors experiences growing up with an older brother suddenly afflicted with epilepsy, their parents desperate search for a cure, his brothers increasingly violent and unreachable episodes, the effects of the disease on the family, and the roots of his career as a cartoonist. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. *Author: B., David *Publication Date: 2006/07/04 *Number of Pages: 361 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 8.75
This is the first complete edition of a French graphic novel memoir that is harrowing and poignant but also touched with humor. When writer/artist David B. (then known as Pierre-Francois Beauchard) was a child, his older brother Jean-Christophe was diagnosed with epilepsy. As Jean-Christophe's desperate parents grasp at straws--visiting neurologists, psychiatrists, spiritualists, acupuncturists, gurus, and macrobiotics practitioners, all of whom claim that they can alleviate the boy's increasingly frequent and more violent seizures--the lives of the entire family are swallowed up in the quest for a cure. David responds by retreating farther and farther inside himself, creating and illustrating a vivid, disturbing fantasy world where he is a warrior defeating monsters and other supernatural creatures. The black-and-white art is both childlike and sophisticated, as is appropriate for an adult's childhood reminiscences.


"[O]ne of the greatest graphic novels ever published... B.'s artwork is magnificent--gorgeously bold, impressionistic representations of the world not as it is but as he's taught himself to perceive it. B's illustrations constantly underscore his writing's wrenching psychological depth; readers can literally see how the chaos of his childhood shaped his vision and mind." (starred review) 11/22/2004

"Fantastical, gloriously illustrated....[M]agnificent....An unromantic, heartrending tale, wrapped in a cloak of nightmares." (starred review) 12/01/2004

"This graphic memoir depicts, with an admirable lack of sentimentality, how dealing with illness can become a power struggle as desperate and corrupting as that of war." 1/24 & 1/31/2005

"[H]arrowing, beautiful." January/February 2005

"[A] landmark work in the autobiographical-comics genre." (starred review) - Gordon Flagg 12/15/2004

"[J]ust as the graphic novel has borrowed from the acute observations skills of the great literary writers of the past, so EPILEPTIC borrows from the great cultural and intellectual archeologies of French nonfiction of the last 100 years, while remaining both accessible and moving." - Rick Moody 1/23/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0362
Product attributePublisher:   Pantheon Books
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