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    DescriptionA "New York Times" Notable Book of 2011, included on Amazon.com, "Publishers Weekly," and NPR'S Best Comics lists A haunting postmodern fable, "Big Questions "is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and more than six hundred pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent, stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds--some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group. Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness." Big Questions "has roots in classic fables--the birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts, and there are hints of the hero's journey, but here the easy moral that closes most fables is left open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsen's parable lets the questions wander where they will.

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    Big Questions
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anders Nilsen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 658
    Width: 185 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 58 mm
    Weight: 1,928 g
    ISBN 13: 9781770460478
    ISBN 10: 1770460470

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25860
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: GV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F3.0
    BIC E4L: GRA
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 02
    BIC subject category V2: FX
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 741.5
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-GV
    DC22: 741.5/973
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    B&T General Subject: 400
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: CGN006000
    BISAC region code:
    LC classification: PN6727.N56 B54 2011
    Thema V1.0: XA
    Illustrations note
    chiefly col. ill
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Imprint name
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Publication date
    16 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and now lives in Chicago. He has a BFA in painting and illustration from the University of NewMexico in Albuquerque. He is the author of "Dogs and Water "and "Don't Go Where I Can't Follow."
    Review quote
    Praise for Anders Nilsen"Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures." "--"Glen David Gold, " Los Angeles Times ""Anders Nilsen must be a genius." "--Giant Robot ""Nilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream." "--The Washington Post"