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Material Type: Book
Collection: Comics
Call Number: FRA SPECFIC TAR2009
Title: You Are There
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Personal name: Tardi, Jacques (art) and Forest, Jean-Claude (story) and Thompson, Kim (editor and translator)
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004091 checked in 2018-10-31 14:30:32

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Topical term or geographic name as entry element: Speculative Fiction
International Standard Book Number: 9781606992944
Name of publisher, distributor, etc.: Fantagraphics Books
Date of publication, distribution, etc.: 2009
Summary, etc. note: One of the earliest full-length, standalone graphic novels to be published in Europe, and certainly one of the best and most original, Ici Même was serialized in the adult French comics monthly (A suivre) in the early 1980s and then released in book form. A quarter of a century later, this dark, funny, consistently surprising masterpiece has finally been translated into English. An unexpected yet smoothly confident collaboration between the darkly cynical Jacques Tardi and the playful fantasist Jean-Claude Forest (of Barbarella fame), You Are There is set on a small island off the coast of France, where unscrupulous landowners have succeeded in overtaking the land from the last heir of a previously wealthy family. That heir, whose domain, in a Beckettian twist, is now reduced to the walls that border these patches of land he used to own, prowls the walls all day, eking out a living by collecting tolls at each gate. His seemingly hopeless struggle to recover his birthright becomes complicated as the government sees a way of using his plight for the sake of political expediency, and the romantic intervention of the daughter of one of the landowners (who has her own sordid history with the politician) engenders further difficulties, culminating in an apocalyptic, hallucinatory finale. Set in Tardi’s preferred early 20th century milieu, You Are There is drawn in his crisp 1980s neo-“clear line” style, gorgeously detailed, elegantly stylized, with impossibly deep slabs of black: You Are There is a feast for both the eyes and the brain. Other creator credits: Design by Adam Grano, Production by Paul Baresh, Lettering by Brittany Kusa and Gavin Lees
Expansion of summary note: satire, European, French, France, 1980s, cynical, humour, island, landowners, wealth, property, walls, toll collector, bureaucracy, capitalism, politics, early 20th century,
Method of acquisition: Purchase
Date of acquisition: October, 2018
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