The Park Hardcover – 17 Oct 2013
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About the Author
Oscar Zarate is a prize-winning author and illustrator of graphic novels. His work includes A Small Killing (with Alan Moore), Geoffrey the Tube Train and the Fat Comedian (with Alexei Sayle), and an adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus. He worked with Carlos Sampayo on Trois Artistes a Paris, Fly Blues and La Faille. He is also the editor of It's Dark In London (SelfMadeHero), an anthology of short stories featuring work by Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair, Neil Gaiman and others. Oscar Zarate left Buenos Aires and decided to visit London as a tourist. After forty years, he is still here.
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Top Customer Reviews
Zarate, best known for his work on Alan Moore's A Small Killing, brings his love of classic slapstick comedy like Laurel and Hardy to his contemporary tale of a modern Stan and Olly, Chris and Ivan. If the book seems to deal with almost one-dimensional characters and coincidence, it's because that's deliberate. The Park is a farce - comical at times - in the style of classic slapstick, which include broad characterisation and improbable situations. Chris is your archetypical liberal - thin, pacifist, musician, wears sandals, smokes weed - while Ivan is the archetypical conservative - large, loud, strongly opinionated, narrow minded, reactionary and family-centred.
As you might guess from the cover, the book deals with relationships - parent and sibling, mostly, and the way children try to distance themselves from their parents but inevitably behave like them in recognisable ways.Read more ›
‘The Park’. Blue skies, only a few wisps’ of cloud. If you close your eyes for a moment and listen jumbled sounds gradually become distinct. Kids playing football, a brass band bringing an echo of the past, fragments of conversations, the squeak of buggies, chirping birds, the swoosh of kites, the caw of crows, the rustling o leaves…just for a moment you feel intensely alive.’
Oscar Zarate is originally from Buenos Aries but has been living in London for the last forty years, where he continues to create award winning graphic novels and visual narratives.
Author / Artist: Oscar Zarate
Full colour print
When newspaper columnist Ivan’s dog bites mild-mannered Chris in the local park, neither man will accept blame. In his anger, Ivan pushes Chris, but Chris refuses to fight back and instead just walks away. Their individual resentments heat up over the following days, made worse by their problems of connecting with their grown-up children, who find their fathers either too aggressive or too weak. The children – a physiotherapist and a graffiti artist – later meet, though only one of them knows of the other’s role in the dog incident.
Zarate’s watercolour artwork perfectly illustrates the changing, moody beauty of the park, and emphasises the drama of the night scenes of sex and graffiti.
Dramatic artwork, an engrossing story, an interesting central issue worthy of debate: most graphic novels strive to provide one of these elements, but <i>The Park</i> excels at all three.
(Review from <a href="http://www.list.co.uk/article/55579-oscar-zarate-the-park/">The List</a>.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good to see that Zarate has carried over the wry humour that infused his great graphic work on "Introducing Freud". Read morePublished 16 months ago by keen reader
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