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The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the last ten years, Epileptic is David B.'s story of his brother's battle with epilepsy - but it turns into a penetrating and sometimes lacerating self-examination on the author's part, as he delves into his own complex emotions and his family's troubled history, as well as his own youthful fantasy life. Particularly pointed is his description of the family journey from one attempted cure to another, including acupuncture, spiritualism and macrobiotics.

David B.'s drawing is utterly extraordinary, balancing literal representation and expressionist psychological distortion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 165 x 222 x 24mm | 688g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • chiefly ill
  • 0224079204
  • 9780224079204
  • 56,613

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"A work of deep, deep darkness and luminosity"
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"An extraordinary graphic novel memoir of a childhood spent growing up with an epileptic brother... Epileptic possesses a charm, rhythm and majesty all its own" * Time Out * "A graphics extravaganza...bursting with energy and wild imaginings, a comic tour de force that is as emotionally gut-wrenching as it is visually stunning... Epileptic is a masterpiece - perhaps the masterpiece - of the genre" * Spectator * "A work of deep, deep darkness and luminosity" * Guardian * "An astonishing, autobiographical graphic novel...it's very moving and...very funny" * The Times * "It is rare to encounter a project this honest and forthright about real human emotions. But saying that Epileptic is merely confessional conveys nothing of what makes it so special. David B. had scrafted the most innovative comics project of the decade. And probably also the most important" * The Comics Journal *
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About David B.

David B. is a founding member of L'Association, a group of French cartoonists who banded together as publishers in 1990 and have revolutionised European comics with their groundbreaking approach to format, subject matter and style. He has received many awards, including the French Alph'art award for comics excellence in 2000, and he was cited as European Cartoonist of the Year in 1998 by The Comics Journal. He lives in France.
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11,089 ratings
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4 32% (3,602)
3 22% (2,473)
2 8% (854)
1 3% (282)
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