George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

George Orwell, Animal Farm. A Fairy Story. Pictures by Ralph Steadman Published in 1995 by Secker & Warburg, London (first published in Great Britain in 1945), 180p/ In romana: Ferma animalelor, Editura Polirom   The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or… Continue reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

Shinsuke Yoshitake, Can I Build Another Me? Published 2016 by Thames and Hudson (first published 2014), 32p   Can I Build Another Me? is one of those so well written and profound picture books that dare to explore big, philosophical concepts in such a hilarious and inventive way, that by the time you finish reading it,… Continue reading Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Robert Crumb & David  Zane Mairowitz, Kafka Published 2007 bt Fantagraphics Books (First published 1990), 176p American cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb together with David Zane Mairowitz managed to express the essence of Franz Kafka in a black and white illustrated biography that covers both the life and work of the Jewish writer. I still… Continue reading The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

Zena Alkayat, Nina Cosford, Virginia Woolf Published 2015 by Frances Lincoln, 128p Virginia Woolf marked a change of vision and sensibility in the modern literature. She had the boldness to use a new tone and a new language, revealing frustrations, hesitations and changes of mind; Woolf built her characters by exposing their psychologies. Her work,… Continue reading Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

Sarah Andersen dares to ask uncomfortable questions about adulthood in a humorous, ironical collection of comic strips

Sarah Andersen, Adulthood Is a Myth. A “Sarah’s Scribbles” collection Published 2016 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 110p   Definitely one of the most difficult life challenges is to grow old harmoniously and to accept ourselves how we really are. And I think we cannot do this without developing a certain capacity to understand ironies of life… Continue reading Sarah Andersen dares to ask uncomfortable questions about adulthood in a humorous, ironical collection of comic strips

Here by Richard McGuire: a great visual experience that defines the fluidity of time and demonstrates that when living people create history

Richard McGuire, Here Published 2014 by Hamish Hamilton, 304 p My living-in-a-new-country experience began in Western Australia; it was captivating discovering a society that offered so much novelty and diversification but I couldn’t assimilate the quietness and calmness of the city. I love the agitation of the big places, I love to see people around… Continue reading Here by Richard McGuire: a great visual experience that defines the fluidity of time and demonstrates that when living people create history

Jane, the fox & me: an emotional graphic novel about children’s loneliness, bullying and comfort through reading

Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault, Jane, the fox & me Published 2013 by Groundwood Books, 104p   Jane, the fox & me will speak not only to children but also to adults. We all have been Hélène at a certain point in our lives. We all experienced isolation and loneliness and felt the need to escape… Continue reading Jane, the fox & me: an emotional graphic novel about children’s loneliness, bullying and comfort through reading