Graphic Novel - 2005
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David B. spent an idyllic early childhood in a small town near Orléans, France, but the family's life changed abruptly when his big brother Jean-Christophe was struck with epilepsy at age eleven. In search of a cure, their parents dragged the family to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes, but every new cure ended in disappointment. Angry at his brother for "abandoning" him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, the author learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a window into his interior life, as well as reliving his grandfathers' experiences in both World Wars through flashbacks. An honest and horrifying portrait of the disease and of the pain and fear it sowed in the family, this graphic autobiography is also a moving depiction of one family's intricate history--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2005]
Edition: First American paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780375423185
Branch Call Number: 741.5944 B1E 2005
Characteristics: 362 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Kim 1956-2013


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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

I love graphic novels but I think my favorite stories are black and white graphic memoirs, like this masterpiece by David B. Translated from French, B’s dark, haunting story of his brother’s epilepsy and its effect on his family is made all the more powerful by its unique, high-contrast, and fantastical art. Highly recommend!

Dec 16, 2015

The term "graphic novel" gets tossed around a lot, but Epileptic actually warrants it. French artist David B's autobiographical account of growing up with an epileptic brother has the depth, scope, and development of a good novel. It's actually better than many recent ones. The memoir has become a self-indulgent, debased form, but David B breathes new life into it by refusing to be sentimental and by creating a compelling visual style that draws on both high and low sources. The book mixes realism and fantasy in a way that is powerful and lyrical. His family tries all manner of solutions, including doctors, gurus, macrobiotics, and communes. Along with Persepolis, one of the most impressive autobiographical graphic novels of the decade and one that sets a high standard both narratively and visually.

Bhulsey Jul 31, 2014

I recommend this graphic novel to anyone dealing with epilepsy or other often invisible disorders. The art gives form to all of the unique and impossible-to-describe feelings that both seizure-watchers and seizure-havers deal with.

Amazing read! A unique exploration of mental illness and the permanent effect it can have on entire families. Written by the mentor of Marjane Satrapi (of Persepolis notoriety).


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