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Description - Black Hole by Charles Burns

It's here- Charles Burns' epic story of existential horror, over ten years in the making. Yet another Cape graphic novel milestone. And you thought your adolescence was scary? Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970's. 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. s 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 momemt in flux and the kids who are caught in it -

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224077781
ISBN-10: 0224077783
Format: Hardback
(245mm x 174mm x 28mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Charles Burns

Charles Burns lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daughters. As well as writing comics Burns has designed the set for a New York production of The Nutcracker, illustrated covers for Time magazine and produced an album cover for Iggy Pop.

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