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Book Title: 5 el número perfecto|
The author of the book: Igort
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Edition: Ediciones Sins Entido
Date of issue: November 2002
ISBN 13: 9788495634221
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.51 MB
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A highly stylized and beautiful comic noir novel set it Italy, in Naples. Igort's art is the centerpiece here, dramatically enlarging the scope of the mafioso story of Peppino, retired killer, who gives his son a special gun for his birthday. Things go awry, and papa has to reenter his old life. There's sweeping romantic flair to the drawing and tastefully melancholy color, two toned, with sometimes several silent pages, sometimes surreal dream sequences. The story isn't that original except in the visual telling. It's a gritty tale that has some manga and samurai film influence in places in some of the action and drawing of characters. I see a lot of Goodreads readers don't like the dialogue in translation, but I thought in general it was a strength, actually, taut and tough, with only occasional awkwardness. I really liked it a lot. I like Peppino's teacher girlfriend, his being reunited with his now fat sidekick, and the fact that people read comics throughout.
When I say "stylized" I also think of Miller's Sin City and Eduardo Risso's work in 100 Bullets as "stylized", though each differently, but they do share this dramatic and sort of magical realism and thoroughly operatic effects in their approach to crime stories. The world over we like to make criminals into larger than life characters. To paraphrase Hemingway, who when Fitzgerald claimed "The rich are different," said, "Yeah, they have more money," I would say criminals are different, yeah, they kill people out of greed and power. They aren't special, but we make them special through out stories, and criminals are easier to fantasize as interesting than non-criminals. Coppola's Godfather series has operatic, larger than life effects, too, of course, and Brando's mumbling godfather role indicates he is this amazing guy… and we (okay, I) believe it.
Igort's work is more muted, less explosive (literally, though killing of course does happen) than our U.S. crime melodramas. It's a smaller, more intimate story of an old man forced out of retirement (think Batman Returns, but just an echo of that, and in this novel we see it from the killer's viewpoint). I thought it was hauntingly beautiful if not the best or most memorable crime comic I ever read. But an art comic crime novel! It exceeded my expectations.
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Read information about the authorIgor Tuveri was born in 1958 in Cagliari on Sardinia. He is known as a comic author under the pseudonym »Igort«. When he was twenty, he moved to Bologne where his career began and, in 1978, he published works in »Linus«, the first Italian comic magazine that was aimed especially at an adult readership. In the years following this, he founded the independent magazines »Il Pinguino« und »Dolce Vita« with Daniele Brolli, Roberto Baldazzini, Lorenzo Mattotti and Giorgio Carpinteri. They formed the »Valvoline« artists‘ collective, which was soon to be joined by American cartoonist Charles Burns.
The slim volume »Il letargo dei sentimenti« (1993: tr. The lethargy of the senses) is among the first of his titles to be available in German. Igort is also one of the first European comic authors to have published in Japan. In 1994, he took part in the Biennale in Venice. And he was commissioned with the concept development for the Japanese Manga publisher Kōdansha in the »Yuri« series (1996). In 2000, he finally founded his own publishing house, Coconino Press, in which he not only releases new works by international authors and illustrators, but also genre classics, such as Jacques Tardi, Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine. In his graphic novels and series, he mixes different techniques, often doing without larger text blocks over several pages and thus creating an atmosphere that is generated purely by the power of the illustrations. For »Fats Waller« (2004), he took his inspiration from Film Noir, among other genres, while the historical background of this thirties panorama that revolves around jazz pianist Waller also plays a significant role. Between 2008 and 2009, Igort travelled through the Ukraine, Russia and Siberia, carrying out research for his two volumes »Quaderni ucraini« (2010; tr. Reports from the Ukraine. Memories of USSR times) and »Quaderni russi« (2011; tr. Reports from Russia. The forgotten war in the Caucasus). In these, he combines illustrations with longer passages of text with great virtuosity, creating a compelling documentary portrait between past and present.
Igort has received prizes at numerous festivals for his comic novels. »Cinque è il numero perfetto« (2002; tr. 5 is the perfect number) was named Comic of the Year in 2003 at the Frankfurter Book Fair and, in 2011, he was given the Special Prize of the jury at the Comic Festival in Naples. In Treviso, he won two prizes in the same year, among others for »Baobab« as the best series. He was also a member of the jury at the Festival d’Angoulême in 2011. In addition to his artistic and publishing activities, he has also worked as an author and a presenter in Italian radio (RAI) and has written scripts. Igort lives in Paris.
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