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David B.

Autor(a) de Epileptic

83+ Works 2,435 Membros 53 Críticas 7 Favorited

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Obras por David B.

Epileptic (2005) 1,243 exemplares, 23 críticas
The Armed Garden and Other Stories (2006) — Autor — 75 exemplares, 2 críticas
Incidents in the Night: Volume 1 (1999) 65 exemplares, 2 críticas
L'Ascension du haut mal, tome 1 (1999) 58 exemplares
The Littlest Pirate King (1929) — Autor; Ilustrador — 48 exemplares, 5 críticas
Babel (2004) 45 exemplares
Black Paths (2008) 45 exemplares, 2 críticas
L'Ascension du Haut-Mal, tome 2 (2003) 37 exemplares
Il ‰grande male (2010) 36 exemplares, 3 críticas
Le Capitaine écarlate (2000) — Writer — 33 exemplares
L'ascension du haut mal, tome 3 (1998) 33 exemplares
L'Ascension du haut mal, tome 4 (1999) 32 exemplares
L'Ascension du haut mal, tome 5 (2000) 30 exemplares
Babel Vol. 2 (Ignatz) (2006) 28 exemplares
L'Ascension du Haut Mal, tome 6 (2003) 27 exemplares
Reading the Ruins (2001) 25 exemplares, 1 crítica
Incidents in the Night Book 2 (2000) 20 exemplares
Le Cheval blême (2000) 19 exemplares
Hiram Lowatt et Placido, tome 2 : Les Ogres (2000) — Writer — 19 exemplares, 1 crítica
Le Tengû Carré (1997) 18 exemplares
Die heilige Krankheit 2: Schatten (2006) 17 exemplares, 1 crítica
Die falschen Gesichter (2012) 14 exemplares
La Révolte d'Hop-Frog (2000) 12 exemplares
La Bombe familiale (1991) 12 exemplares
Langs duistere wegen (2009) 8 exemplares
Le Cercueil de course (1993) 6 exemplares
Terre de feu (Tome 1-L'archer rouge) (2008) — Writer — 6 exemplares
Zèbre (2003) 5 exemplares
Terre de feu, Tome 2 : (2009) — Writer — 5 exemplares
Les 4 savants, tome 3 (2000) 4 exemplares
Urani - A Cidade dos Maus Sonhos — Autor — 4 exemplares
Les 4 savants, tome 2 (2000) 4 exemplares
Hiram Lowatt & Placido : La Révolte d'Hop-Frog (1997) — Writer — 4 exemplares, 2 críticas
Quoi ! (2011) 3 exemplares
Les 4 savants, tome 1. (2002) 3 exemplares
Journal d'Italie T02 (2018) 2 exemplares
Guerra di demoni 2 exemplares
Dedalus (2004) 2 exemplares
Les incidents de la nuits (2002) 2 exemplares
mon Lapin, nº 9 (2014) 1 exemplar
Svyaschennaya Bolezn (2011) 1 exemplar
Coffret Terre de feu (2009) 1 exemplar, 1 crítica
Padoucnice 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Persepolis, Book 1 (2000) — Introdução, algumas edições550 exemplares, 7 críticas
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuidor — 279 exemplares, 4 críticas
MOME Spring/Summer 2006 (Vol. 4) (2006) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
SPX: EXPO 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



REVIEW OF EPILEPTIC DAVID B for librarything.com

David B.'s exploration of how a family member copes with epilepsy dives deep into the world of having an older sibling with the illness. Epileptic is a profound graphic novel in which the younger of two brothers narrates his life experience with unremitting candor. In this sense, 'graphic' refers both to the book's content as well as to its illustrated format. Before I present my review, I ask the reader to be very sensitive to the fact that Epileptic was copyrighted almost two decades ago (2005) when many victims and loved ones had starkly different life experiences than many, if not most, of their contemporary counterparts. The subject character suffers daily seizures during broad parts of his life which will naturally affect his cognitive life experience to a much greater degree than that of very many modern victims, the beneficiaries of far more effective second- and third-generation anticonvulsant medications. The likely difference in medical experiences is particularly assured if we assume that the author's outlook will have arisen deep in the 1990's. Cautious sensitivity becomes increasingly required as the illustrations of the sick brother distort him in a negative way as the book progresses. Some of the distortion has realism to it, however uncomfortable such realism might be.

The book is extraordinary in how many issues it brings up. The author tackles prejudice of violence; fear of surgery; non-medicinal seizure control; psychosomatic pitfalls in behavior; and many others. The author quickly calls attention to how readily people might stigmatize victims. Even as a graphic novel it wields more intellectual impact than ordinary texts might do.

The 2nd half of the book requires the most sensitivity to the time of publication as I've mentioned above. More and more, Jean-Christophe behaves in an agitated, antisocial manner. At the same time, his artistic portrayal becomes darker and larger than life. In illustrating his brother's resentful image of him, the author visually portrays him as a veritable monster in his brother's mind. The imagery discomforts a reader for its stigmatizing visuals, and for this reason the fact that it reveals the brother's psychological state is critical to bear in mind. The book, in fact, is more of a treatise on the healthy sibling than on the ill one.

So as not to be a spoiler, I will not detail the end of the book other than to say it is one of the most creative endings that I have seen in literature. It's not at all majestic, heroic, damning, or name your extreme. Rather it is creative and as profound as a miserable, humiliating disease permits. Epileptic is essential to a complete library of anyone with interests in the topic.
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Jeffrey_Hatcher | 22 outras críticas | Jan 19, 2024 |
David B's Nocturnal Conspiracies is a beautifully illustrated collection of the cartoonist's dreams, but that's about it. Tough to recommend when dreams are, arguably, incoherent by nature, though (apparently) David B. remembers more oneiric details upon waking than I do. I was hoping for surreal Kafkaesque parables, but these "nocturnal conspiracies" are far more fragmented.
thewilyf | 4 outras críticas | Dec 25, 2023 |
Il pregio di questo piccolo libro è proprio quello di essere ispirato da sogni. Non c'è un vero filo logico, i simboli sono sfuggenti e tutto è davvero affascinante perché oscuro (ovviamente, qualcuno potrebbe anche leggere queste stesse caratteristiche in senso opposto...).
d.v. | 4 outras críticas | May 16, 2023 |
Quel che si dice un capolavoro. Per la monumentalità dell'opera (durata 8 anni), la capacità di racconto e disegno, il sottile equilibrio tra realtà e sogno, il coraggio di esporsi in una vicenda così drammaticamente autobiografica. Più leggo graphic novel, più mi convinco che questo sia il medium perfetto per l'autobiografia.
d.v. | 2 outras críticas | May 16, 2023 |



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