March 12, 2005
When I started the 2005 52 Books 52 Weeks project, Atomic Books offered to sponsor the endeavor. Since this indie bookstore specializes in comics, graphic novels and off-the-beaten-path literature, I decided to sample many of their specialties (though they made clear that I could read anything I want). In January, I let the bookstore staff choose my reading list, and was not disappointed. Since then, I have relied on the store's bestseller lists and blog for reading suggestions.
One of the bestsellers I chose was "the best European graphic novel of the 90's," Epileptic by David B. This engrossing book amazed me, as the author recounts his family (and personal) past. Dealing with his brother's epilepsy that defines his family, David B. paints (no pun intended) an expressionist picture of desperation and hope. David B. deals with these issues through his art, confronting personal demons along the way. The emotional depth of this graphic novel is simply astounding, and every panel can be treasured for its artwork alone. I simply cannot say enough good things about this book, and will be recommending it to everyone (except my wife, this is the kind of psychological drama that gives her nightmares).
My next book is Hari Kunzro's Transmission: A Novel.