È giorno di mercato. Quando Mendleman si appresta a partire per il villaggio vicino è ancora buio. Sul carretto trainato dall'asino ci sono i suoi tappeti, realizzati con cura e devozione. Ma l'orgoglio per un lavoro ben fatto lascia il posto a pensieri neri come le nuvole sulla sua testa. A casa lascia una moglie incinta e un primo figlio che sta per nascere, mentre gli affari non vanno più bene come un tempo e sembra che il mondo intorno a lui stia cambiando. James Sturm fa rivivere uno shtetl, il tipico villaggio ebraico dell'Est Europa agli inizi del Ventesimo secolo. Una storia dai toni sommessi, lirici e commoventi, che riecheggia le atmosfere dei racconti di Isaac B. Singer e dei graphic novel di Will Eisner. Il racconto fuori dal tempo di come l'economia e i cambiamenti sociali possano condizionare irrimediabilmente la vita delle persone.
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Enigmatic but bleak, this day-in-the-life of the artist-at-selling-art is told with much confidence & reverence for the past. Leaving the shtetl, meeting the general populace, swallowing your pride: in this excursion we see what history does to its members, how entire cultures die or struggle to sur Leggi tutto
That James Sturm's Market Day would be a gloomy affair is evident from the start. The colours are murky and drab. The shadows loom large and dominate the frame. The dialogue is sparse. And the book is about an artiste . Which almost guarantees angst, self-doubt, and a large cereal bowl-full of mopine Leggi tutto
Gorgeous, if maybe not to my taste. So much of the work by modern male graphic novelists is so unrelentingly dour. What is it that readers enjoy about this? I'm genuinely curious, because I feel like I'm missing out on a lot. Whether it's James Sturn or Chris Ware or Daniel Clowes or Charles Burns-- Leggi tutto
Really beautifully, lovingly done story based on historical materials. Wrenchingly harsh, but hopeful in that the rug weaver's anguish and his love for his family and his artistic vision and commitment come through... Not a sentimental, sappy, happy ending, a good and clear picture of a simple man s Leggi tutto
This is a beautifully drawn, atmospheric graphic novel. That it is not going to turn out well for Mendleman, the rug maker, is obvious from the start. No, the area’s version of Walmart has moved in and artiste’s products are no longer valued. What to do when this is your livelihood and you have a wi Leggi tutto
Sparse, dreary, and wonderful.
A rug maker in early 20th century Eastern Europe prepares to go to market to sell his rugs. He sits up at night worrying about money. He is soon to be a father and he needs to sell his rugs. When he goes to the market he finds his usual buyer has retired and sold his business to a young man who does Leggi tutto
Sturm's most understated and best book yet, beautiful and thoughtful, with a sense of timelessness and universality pervading.
This book is wonderful. A compact story with glorious art. Seeing the world through the eyes of carpet maker was a revelation that worked quite well with the artwork. The reader is exposed to both the creative energy of an artist and the pride of creation of an artisan. Watching these two elements c Leggi tutto
Tenderly rendered, this graphic novel delicately nurses the open wounds of what it is to be human. Our vulnerabilities, our hopes and fantasies, the constant whirr of thought in our head, and the ache to create and be inspired by all we live among. This is one day and night in the life of a Jewish r Leggi tutto
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