One Story (Hardcover)

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By Gipi
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Dual graphic narratives by the acclaimed Italian cartoonist demonstrate how the choices our ancestors made dramatically affect generations to come.

Silvano Landi is a successful writer who, at the age of 50, sees his family leave him and his life fall apart. Landi's great-grandfather, Mauro, is an anxious soldier being fed to the maw of carnage in the First World War. Alternating between past and present, a psych ward and the bloody trenches, and told through complex clues — a lone gas station, an apathetic baroness, found love letters, and shifting from scratchy black-and-white to lush watercolors (sometimes on the same page), A Story documents the origins of pain that serve as the roots of a twisted family tree, and allows the reader to trace the branches. 

About the Author

Gipi (Gianni Pacinotti) is an Italian cartoonist whose graphic novel Notes for a War Story won “Best Book” at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. He also teaches and has directed a film, 2011’s The Last Man on Earth. He lives in Pisa, Italy.

Praise For…

Lunatic theories and secret histories intertwine for a gorgeous puzzle of a book that begs to be reread.
— New York Times, Best Graphic Novels of 2020

There is nothing about a work by Gipi that is ever simple or shallow, and his art is never anything less than sumptuous.
— Comics Beat

In this brief but haunting work, life itself is a battle whose greatest spoil is self-forgiveness.
— Publishers Weekly

Gipi’s art adds to the proceedings a lyrical quality that transcends the page and goes straight to the heart.
— Solrad

Gipi’s lines work together to convey deep
emotion … Spend some time looking at these drawings. They are magic.
— Paste

Gipi draws like a maniac.
— The A.V. Club

This evocative, thought-provoking graphic novel will be sure to linger in the reader's mind long after the last page is turned.
— Booklist

There’s no doubting a master’s hand at work from the spontaneous delicacy of the linework to the vibrancy of the watercolours, the illustrations are attention-grabbing. Beguiling portraits mix with exotic landscapes, every drawing something to be admired.
— Slings & Arrows

Product Details
ISBN: 9781683963196
ISBN-10: 1683963199
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: July 28th, 2020
Pages: 128
Language: English