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Fires (Penguin graphic fiction) Paperback – 28 Mar 1991

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (28 Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140138897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140138894
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 0.7 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachelzara on 6 May 2012
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blinding, exhilarating, inspiring. The best pictures in the world of graphic novels. I'm not a fan of illustrations but these pics are mostly individually powerful enough to demand lengthy gazing. A wonderful and haunting story to boot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Montefiore on 29 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
A lovely, haunting picture book, highly unusual, incredible dream like images and almost vorticist compositions...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
fires- a great work of art 3 April 2003
By Viktor Moberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Fires" is about a young marine officer who leaves his ship to save a magic island from destruction. It is a beautiful, provoking and sometimes very scary artwork. For some reason it made me think of H.P Lovecraft's "Chtulhu".
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not a novel - THE NOVEL ! Fires - a book that changes life. 18 Sept. 1998
By Julian A. Freudenbach (wudi01@fsrz1.rz.uni-passau.de) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There's not much to say - the people who read fires know what i mean and the others... well, they should just spend a few days on reading it. It's one of those books you seldomly find, a wonderfull novel from deep inside. Just read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A unique reading experience, like none that I have ever had. 3 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Visually expressive, the illustrations that acompany this novel are put to great use where words would not do thr story justice. Nightmarish and surreal, the novel (seemingly) never fully explains itself. Some of the panels of artwork are so abstract, they could hang by themsleves in a New York Gallery.
Yes, you could call it a graphic novel, but that phrase, unfortunately, in the United states is still heavily associated with the comic book and thus a negative connotation. Novel would be much better since I feel that it competes quite nicely with some of the best of the written word.
Reccomended for mature readers only, not because of explicit content but because it is much too deep and abstract for the little ones to be able to graps it.
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A masterpiece like no other 13 Jan. 2004
By "mythologue" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Amazingly enough, this 1986 work was Lorenzo Mattotti's very first foray into the medium; it resulted in a masterpiece of exceptional richness. The English version seems hard to find, but all efforts are justified by the book's extreme quality. I personally own the 1997 French edition, whose cover is nothing short of extraordinary. 'Fires' is the densely symbolic tale of a group of officers venturing near an island deemed dangerous because of strange past events; one of these men is about to go through a life-changing experience. Everything about Lieutenant Absinthe, the main character, is unforgettable, from his angular visual style to his constantly evolving and unstable situation. Mattotti shows with high acuteness the emotion felt by someone standing on the brink of the unkown, the unspeakable. 'Fires' is clearly an initiatic story: on the first page, Absinthe says that both his body and soul are about to undergo a transformation, and the book's last page, furthering our knowledge of the character and adding yet another level to the story, gives us a few more clues towards the work's mystical, alchemical angle (among other things, Absinthe initially feels entrapped by the boat's steel). The use of fire is often allegorical, along with recurring death-resurrection themes. Mattotti's enigmatic, abstract storytelling asks a lot from the reader; this is one of those works that can't be truly described, but only experienced. Very highly recommended.
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