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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307377326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307377326
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 3.2 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Mazzucchelli has been making comics his whole life. Known chiefly for his collaborations - with Frank Miller on seminal Batman and Daredevil stories, and with Paul Karasik on an adaptation of Paul Auster's novel, City of Glass - he began publishing his own stories in 1991 in his anthology magazine, Rubber Blanket. Since then his short comics have been published in books and magazines around the world. Asterios Polyp is his first graphic novel, and has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and been listed as a New York Times notable book.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2009
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It's hard to believe that Asterios Polyp is in fact David Mazzucchelli's first graphic novel, such is the artist's reputation as artist on the groundbreaking Batman: Year One with Frank Miller, his dazzling graphic adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass and his acclaimed work on his solo work on his Rubber Blankets series, but Asterios Polyp is indeed his first sustained narrative storyline as both writer and artist.

A brilliant and highly respected architect, albeit only being demonstrated on paper and in a lecturing capacity, Asterios Polyp comes to the realisation that his life and failed marriage has ultimately been unsatisfying. When his apartment building is destroyed in an accidental fire, Asterios is presented with an opportunity to start his life anew, even at this late stage, and disappears, taking up work as a car mechanic at the destination where fate takes him.

Not quite as linear as it sounds, Mazzucchelli depicts episodes from Asterios's past life in alternate chapters from his new life. The artwork is quite spectacular - clean and vibrantly dynamic, reminiscent of Will Eisner layouts but with the distinctly modern edge of Chris Ware's sense of design (one that extends to the beautiful format of the hardcover book itself). Mazzucchelli's forte however is in his expression of emotional states, using a minimal but distinct colour schemes and geometric shapes and patterns to mark contrasts and complements in the moods and sensibilities of each of the characters in a way that only a true artist of the graphic medium can achieve. The storyline however is somewhat episodic, and Asterios Polyp remains something of an enigma even by the end of the book, but this is an ambitious and impressive "debut".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Riccardo on 16 Sep 2011
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Exactly what my review's title says: "Wonderful graphic novel". It's deep, philosophically and esthetically very interesting. I really would like to read more stuff of this quality! I'm going to buy a couple more to gift some friends. No doubt: buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rupan M on 25 May 2012
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With clever storytelling, innovative and exciting artwork, intelligent and thought-provoking ideas, AP is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The ending is a real kicker. It's hard to believe that this is Mazzucchelli's first full-length work. Buy it now.
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By Bad Hydra on 10 Mar 2014
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Brilliant theme, and extremely well drawn. I like water colour paintings and this whole book looks like a collection of watercolours.
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By Rosa Foster on 20 Jan 2014
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Put simply, this is a masterpiece. Outstanding multi-layered exploration of what it is to be human. Drawings are exquisite. Brilliant
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By Cyril Fernando on 21 Dec 2013
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Extremely intelligent. Intellectual stuff from Hegel to Orpheus is referenced in this extremely well composed graphic novel. Very beautiful, very moving. This Oddyssean tale can be read again and again.
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By Nick on 16 Oct 2013
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To call it a comic is very limited. To call it a novel too. Takes the best of both and combines it with great inspiration to give us this book.
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It's such a beautiful book, the drawings, the story ... everything is so well done and created ...

it's inovative and smart ...

... just loved it, it took me ages to end it ... because i wanted to make the amazing experience of read and "taste" it last as long as i could, now that i've end it ... i already miss it ... ;)

It's a must have
Rui from Portugal
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