The Book of Leviathan Hardcover – 5 Oct 2000
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Peter Blegvad's comic strip is one of the greatest, weirdest things I've ever stared at. Give me Leviathan or give me death! (Matt Groening)
Whenever I'm asked for proof that literature, art and poetry can exist in comic form, I point to Peter Blegvad. (Ben Katchor, author The Jew of New York.)
The greatest, weirdest thing. (Times Literary Supplement)
Blegvad has opened up the crib-fenced world that precedes words and filled it to the brim with deadpan poetry and gnomic chatter (San Francisco Chronicle)
Funny, enigmatic and beautifully limned- what more could one ask? (Glen Baxter The Observer, Book of the Year)
Combines surreal imagination and existential musings with superb draughtsmanship. (The List, Glasgow & Edinburgh)
Deeply weird, unique and disturbingly wonderful. (Independent on Sunday)
About the Author
Peter Blegvad is a polymath - a writer, cartooonist, and, most often a musician. Born in New York, he lives, like Leviathan, in Shepherds Bush.
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Matt Groening (creator of `The Simpsons' and `Life in Hell') is widely recognized as a purveyor of twisted and useful reflections of real life, is quoted on the back of this volume: `Peter Blegvad's comic strip is one of the greatest, weirdest things I've ever stared at.' I heartily concur. Blegvad combines his senses of humor and irony with his intellectual strengths and his amazing artistic abilities into `Leviathan', giving his readers an opportunity to take one of the wildest rides they're liable to experience. The episodes in this book range from purely humorous takes on a baby's view of the world he inhabits to visual illustrations of puns to hallucinogenic explorations of the conscious and subconscious to sublime meditations on everything from the most seemingly insignificant daily occurrences to the meaning of life and death. Quite a range, right? Blegvad pulls it off beautifully. Perhaps I'm a little prejudiced by already being a huge fan of his music, but none of his outings collected here come across as shallow or pretentious in any way. The subtleties are many, the layers of wit are as innumerable as those in a chunk of mica - each reading reveals something missed the time before.Read more ›
I pre-ordered my copy and received it less than two weeks after the birth of my first child; In between my chaotic sessions with milk, nappies and puking, I settle down with Levi, Bunny and Cat, and have found them to be a better guide to the inner workings of my daughter's tiny mind than any child care manual.
'The Book of Leviathan' is a child's garden of semiotics, full of wonder and fascination with meaning and symbol, yet not without the nameless dread and melancholy that we all remember as part of our own infancy. The Book of Leviathan suggests that we have taken much as given, demonstrating a multitude of equally valid alternative realities as tangibly as if they were pressed flowers. When we learned, as babies, to grasp reality, did we really build our understanding on solid foundations, or did our fists close around it as a mere reflex action?
Calvin and Hobbes can go play in the traffic; Blegvad is absolutely successful in capturing the awe of the baby, without a trace of cuteness or prejudice; more, he brings the reader fully inside that awe, where we freshly experience the literal dimension of signs, klang associations, everyday existential dilemmas and the very structure of understanding.Read more ›
Blegvad is a master of the form; a virtuoso; the book is a joy to be savoured one line at a time, one page at a time, one sequence at a time ... depending on just how much you can cope with at one sitting! I come to it as a parent (and it should be compulsory reading for all parents, by the way), and find to my delight that the world really does make more sense when Peter Blegvad helps me see it through Levi's eyes ... that is, from the inside out.
You have a really dear friend and you want to get them something for Christmas that they'll enjoy all through next year? Get them The Book of Leviathan.
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A very well made book with excellent illustrations and funny insightful dialoguePublished 16 months ago by Raphael
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