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Literature tips : The joys of summer

Martin Jurgeit, editor-in-chief of the specialist magazine Comixene:

Tintin color facsimile editions by Hergé (Carlsen)

These volumes are currently at the top of my reading pile. These are lovingly edited editions of earlier versions of Hergé's classic comics. Since I can probably never afford the "original" Casterman albums with the first German translations, I'm really looking forward to these albums.

A good place to die by Arkadi BabtschenkO (rowohlt Berlin)
After his poignant debut novel "The Color of War", Babchenko again describes episodes from the Chechnya war, which he knows from his own painful experience from his missions on the part of the Russian occupation troops.

Hajji Murat (Manesse), The Cossacks (Diogenes), Lord and servant (Diogenes) - all by Lev Tolstoy
In keeping with Babchenko, I want to (re) read the various stories from the Caucasus by Lev Tolstoy, which I saw many years ago as a mutilated book for young people

(Prisma Youth Library) under their spell. Great poetry and at the same time terrible atrocity propaganda, which still today poisons the Russians' image of the Caucasus peoples.

Summit of Gods 1 to 5 by Jiro Taniguchi & Baku Yumemakura(Writers & readers / shodoku)
If there is still time, I'll treat myself to this manga epic of over 1500 pages in full. I will finally find out how this alpine adventure ends. (By the way, my first ever reading experience with a mountaineering comic!)

Sven Jachmann, freelance culture journalist:

Francois Bourgeon - Travelers in the Wind: The Girl from the Bois-Caiman(Splitter Verlag)
With his historical adventure epic, Bourgeon has taken narration into new spheres with no ifs or buts using comics and developed an epoch-making colonial story. So if he adds a 200-page cycle to it, quietly and secretly in his little room, and starts doing it a few decades later, then you just have to want to know whether he has done the right thing ...

Ulli Lust - Today is the last day of the rest of your life (Avant Verlag)

Almost everything that has so far been told in so many German-language autobiographical punk processing was written in a male hand. There was tragedy, depression, self-destruction, of course always the necessary self-irony, but in the sum of the unfulfilled needs described there was always the realization that punk did not live in a social vacuum - obviously not even when puberty suddenly regulates semen production and wishes a lot leaves what many wish for. It is not only great that a female perspective is finally entering this discourse, it is quite excellent that this is happening in the form of a 450-page comic book monster.

Joe Sacco - Palestine (Edition Moderne)
As an individualistic image machine, the comic report has undoubtedly an aesthetic appeal. But whether it can wrest facets from this political conflict in an enlightening manner without fading out the Shoah according to its taste, whether it is schizophrenic historically, whether it is able to endure and illustrate contradictions without preaching folk blood and soil pedagogy So whether it aesthetizes the complexity spatially or just iconizes simple and bad appeals one more time, I am on it (since I missed the first publication at Two Thousand One, but the surrounding area of ​​the most disgusting 9/11 conspiracy theory literature there, but on the other hand with regard to " Palestine “worries) tense in two senses.

Robert Kirkman / Charlie Adlard - The Walking Dead # 9

(Cross Cult)

On the one hand, the series is not just a wonderfully cryptic soap that manages to convey a feeling for the fragility and necessity of life plans, pair-building strategies and humanistic self-determination in the midst of the post-apocalypse: How can you live well in a zombie-infected world, if you? it has to? Its conception as an endless series has the edge over all other zombie tales, which primarily deal with the shock of the break-in, but have to fade out the time afterwards or can only throw a spotlight on them. In addition, each new anthology is reason enough to read the previous ones as well - and that can take and should happen alone, in poor light and preferably in the country.

Francois Schuiten / Benoît Peeters - Mysterious Cities: The Archivist (Egmont Ehapa)
Because my Ebay 1 euro bargain has been on the post to me for two months and the optimist in me who has just moved in says that it should only be a matter of time, it's not only cities that are mysterious after all: Confidence in the postman is obviously what distinguishes humans from dogs.

Lars von Törne, Tagesspiegel editor:

Jeff Lemire: "The Country Nurse" (Top Shelf)
Because the first two volumes of Jeff Lemire's Essex County trilogy are among the most moving, sadly beautiful comic book stories I've read in recent years - and because few artists have such a rough, angular line with so much sensitivity for the human weaknesses, worries and hopes of their main characters connect like this Canadian bearer of hope, whose work will hopefully soon appear in German. (Edition 52 has announced the complete edition of the Essex County Trilogy for the fall of 2009.)

Emmanuel Guibert: "Alan's War" (First Second)

Because with this book, as well as with “Der Fotograf”, which was created around the same time, Guibert demonstrated the potential that has only been rudimentarily used in comics if you take the medium seriously enough

- and when a gifted artist dedicates himself to a fascinating biography and puts his skills at the service of the story. I have already read this book twice - but like “Der Fotograf” I will continue to pick it up for a long time and enjoy Guibert's ability to condense narrative as well as Guibert's mastery of craftsmanship.

Seth: "George Sprott (1894-1975)"(Drawn & Quarterly)
Because Seth has an unmistakable sense of style as well as curious characters.

Pierre Dragon / Frederik Peeters: RG - Covert operation in Paris (Carlsen)
Because Peeters' “Blue Pills” is one of the most touching, personal and artistic love and illness stories that I have read in recent years - and because I hope that some of the mixture of empathy, wit and defiance expressed in his pictures will also be found in to find this book again. Even if this time it's not about AIDS, but about police adventures.

Posy Simmonds: "Tamara Drewe" (Jonathan Cape)
Because I consider the previous work by Posy Simmonds - “Gemma Bovery” - to be one of the most astute, funniest, most intelligent and, outside of Great Britain, unjustifiably underestimated confrontations with the dreams, disappointments and lies of the educated middle class. If the successor "Tamara Drewe", which appeared last year, can only roughly maintain the level (and a first leaf through it suggests), it should also be a masterpiece that German publishers should also discover as quickly as possible. ("Tamara Drewe" is announced by Reprodukt for October 2009.)

Michel Rabagliati: "Paul à Québec"(Pastéque)
Because Rabagliati's “Paul” series moved me to revive my school French after a long period of abstinence, so as not to miss a chapter of this half-autobiography, which is already spectacular in its emphatically undramatic everyday life. (Tip for beginners without school French: The first volume “Paul's Vacation Job” is available in German at Edition 52!)

Flix: "There was something"(Carlsen, to be released in August)
Because every four weeks, when Flix's new strip appears in our Tagesspiegel, I am happy to see how many personal, fresh and appealing stories to readers of all ages can still be told about the supposedly exhausted topic of the division of Germany, even 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall . In the three years I have read almost all the strips as soon as they were in our newspapers - I am still very much looking forward to the anthology that is now being published, because experience has shown that when you read your stories again at Flix, you discover many details and nuances that you find weren't even noticed the first time because the story went down so smoothly.

Hideo Okazaki and Kazuo Kamimura: "Shinanogawa"(Carlsen Manga)
Because "Lady Snowblood", drawn by Kamimura, is one of the most beautiful - and most erotic - blood and revenge dramas that I have read since "Old Boy", which is unsurpassed in this respect, and that I swore to myself because of these two masterpieces that I would go through with it a lot of mediocre teenage goods provoked latent manga reluctance to overcome, at least in works of this caliber.

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