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
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 .