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on 31 May 1996
Frans Masereel made this "Novel in 165 Woodcuts" in 1919. With these 165 beautifully stark images, Masereel tells the story of a man's life - his love, his grief, his awe, his despair - without using a single word. "Passionate Journey" unfolds like a silent film; its attempt to communicate the reality of a lived life across boundaries of language (and literacy) gives it a quality of spiritual striving and - ultimately - transcendence. A small, luminous masterpiece.

"Look at these powerful black-and-white figures, their features etched in light and shadow. You will be captivated from beginning to end..." - Thomas Mann
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on 1 November 2011
The Passionate journey is a novel without words. The pictures are simple and powerful woodcuts, in black and white, each picture telling about the life of a young man coming to the big city, about love, passion, politics and disappoinment. It is intensly moving sand beautiful. Frans Masareel was a master woodcutter in the 20's, and his work is expressionistic.
I first came across it many years ago, and this book was bought as a gift .
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 November 2012
I would just echo what the other reviewers have said and point out that Masereel's work extends beyond woodcuts although it is these that create the greatest impression. His work also continued beyond the 1920s and he died in 1972 at the age of 82.
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on 9 March 2015
Happy with the book, the woodblock prints are very good.
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