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Black Hole
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Black Hole

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Black Hole by Charles Burns

Book Description

And, you thought your adolescence was scary. Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area's teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested any number of ways - from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) - but once you've got it, that's it. There's no turning back. As we inhabit the heads of several key characters - some kids who have it, some who don't, some who are about to get it - what unfolds isn't the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness of it, or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high-school alienation itself - the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape. And, then the murders start. As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying (and, believe it or not, autobiographical), "Black Hole" transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it - back when it wasn't exactly cool to be a hippie any more, but Bowie was still just a little too weird. To say nothing of sprouting horns and moulting your skin...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224077781
ISBN-10: 0224077783
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 175mm x 28mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Last Look by Charles Burns Last Look, Paperback (October 2016)

Charles Burns' graphic trilogy has been hailed as one of the masterpieces of the form. In this title, readers can find the long strange trip of Doug in all its mind-bending, heartbreaking totality.

Christian Understandings of Evil by Charles Burns Christian Understandings of Evil, Paperback (October 2016)

Charlene Burns offers a brief but thorough tour through more than two millennia of thought on the nature of evil. Starting with the contexts of the Hebrew Bible and moving forward, Burns outlines the many ways that Christian thought has attempted to deal with the reality of evil and suffering.

Sugar Skull by Charles Burns Sugar Skull, Hardback (October 2014)

The long strange trip of Doug reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before he is forced to deal with the lie he's been telling himself since the beginning. The fragments of the past collide with the reality of the present, nightmarish dreams evolve into an even more dreadful reality.

Hive by Charles Burns Hive, Hardback (October 2012)

From the creator of "Black Hole," the second part of a new epic masterpiece of graphic horror. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered.

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Author Biography - Charles Burns

Charles Burns grew up in Seattle in the 1970s. His work rose to prominence in Art Spiegelman's Raw magazine in the mid-1980s and took off from there, for an extraordinary range of comics and projects, from Iggy Pop album covers to the latest ad campaign for Altoids. In 1992 he designed the sets for Mark Morris's delightful restaging of The Nutcracker. He's illustrated covers for Time, the New Yorker and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. He is the official cover artist for The Believer magazine. Black Hole received Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz awards in 2005. Burns lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

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