FREE MOBI × DOC Arsène Schrawen 9781606997307 ✓ MONEYEXPRESSCARD

DOC Arsène Schrawen

FREE MOBI × DOC Arsène Schrawen 9781606997307 ✓ MONEYEXPRESSCARD ↠ In 1947 the author s grandfather Arsene Schrauwen traveled across the ocean to a mysterious dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin Together they would build something deemed impossible a modern utopia in the wilderness The wilderness but not before Arsene falls in love with his cousin s wife Marieke Whether delirious from love or a fever inducing jungle virus Arsene s loosening grip on reality is mirrored by the graphic novel reader I've really been trying to rethink how to assess imperial narratives focused on imperialists without immediately writing it off as romancing genocide It's a struggle and the reason I couldn't make it past the first few pages of Cloud Atlas despite numerous recs by white friends Here in Arsene Schrauwen I feel like the narrative works not as an endorsement of imperial projects European occupation of the Congo in this case but as a chronicle of how bumbling men accrue power through their kairotic presence One artistic choice Olivier Schrauwen makes that supports this reading is the anonymity of almost everyone's identity in the narrative through featureless faces until they become humanized by Arsene Additionally the book never attempts to portray Arsene as a man in control of anything not even his bowels His main asset is his blood relation to a true innovator a ueer man married into wealth to a woman who near the end undergoes a personality change through violent means This is my first encounter with Schrauwen's work after years of seeing his stuff receive acclaim and I had long stayed away from it because European comics are often able to get away with racist narratives passed off as charming Schrauwen seems to be doing something else here Not uite condemnation but something like a satire of pulp exploration narratives The book's surreal uality makes me uncertain of even that much and I'm excited to read others' thoughtful critiues of this book

Olivier Schrauwen ´ Arsène Schrawen PDF

S uncertainty of what is imagined or real by Arsene This first full length graphic novel from the critically acclaimed Olivier Schrauwen is an engrossing sometimes funny slightly surreal and often beautiful narrative Feverish and confounding like being trapped inside the belly of whatever beast slouched towards empire

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Arsène SchrawenIn 1947 the author s grandfather Arsene Schrauwen traveled across the ocean to a mysterious dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin Together they would build something deemed impossible a modern utopia in On the surface it would appear this pretty remarkable book is a biography of the author's grandfather It can't be literally true as much of it appears to take place as dreamfantasy or fantasies of various kinds It's beautifully and uniuely drawn and as a story sometimes ominous sometimes funny with a central focus on Arsene's obsession on his cousin's wife which is kind of hilarious Some colonialist excursion takes place in dreamlike fashion a trip into a foreign land It is for me a commentary on the art of biography itself the impossibility of knowing one's grandparents or anyone in any meaningful fashion at all especially those who lived their lives a long time ago whose stories come to us in fragments reported by our parents and other relatives We have to make things up we have to fictionalize of course though ALL of this tale may be fiction as far as I know Much of this is for sure including Oliver's presumptions about what his grandfather was thinking and saying It reminds me in a way of the crazy magical films of Werner Herzog only surreal less grounded in something like the human spirit Funnier than Herzog maybe It's a fascinating read long and ambitious Very beautiful artifact this book production Surreal in its overall effects Kafkaesue is a cliche but fits He's in Kafka's club that's for sure This sticks with me It for my tastes is one of the best graphic novels ever which is uite a claim considering the author is still a young man