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February 2011

International Graphic Novels: Volume V

February brings our annual celebration of the international graphic novel. From bomb shelters in Gaza to prisons in Greece, surviving famine in Ukraine and negotiating high school in Paris, these international artist-writers delineate character and plot with their singular styles. See how Nine Antico, Chihoi, Christophe-Ngalle Edimo and Simon-Pierre Mbumbo, Eom Jeong-He and Ko Im-Hong, Igort, Rutu Modan and Igal Sarna, and David Prudhomme make every picture tell a story. (Chihoi's tale is a translation within a translation, a graphic version of a story by Xi Xi, also appearing this month.) Elsewhere, in a trio of anti-valentines, Kjell Askildsen's resentful married couple seethe in silence, Guillermo Martinez's pick-up artist blunders through a dance hall, and Teresa Solana's elderly women dispatch an abusive son-in-law.

This month we also launch a new series, Our Man in Madrid, in which Jonathan Blitzer presents new work in Spanish by international writers coming through that literary hub. In the first installment, Venezuelan Juan Carlos Chirinos tracks the operatic last act of a despot.

Two Million People in the Square: Scenes from the Revolution
By Magdy El Shafee
The people say: Step down now!
Translated from Arabic by Humphrey Davies
Davin Chan Moves Out
By Xi Xi
No matter how many times he put the kitten back down on the floor, it leaped right back up, even though the bed was many times its height.
Translated from Chinese by Steve Bradbury
Ride of the Valkyries
By Juan Carlos Chirinos
Now the president is gulping down a pair of tranquilizers with his whiskey.
Translated from Spanish by Jonathan Blitzer
Dance at the Marcone
By Guillermo Martínez
The other one gave me that slutty smile older chicks use when they’re trying to pass for teenagers.
Translated from Spanish by Andrea G. Labinger
The Dogs in Thessaloniki
By Kjell Askildsen
Do you remember the dogs in Thessaloniki which were stuck together after they had mated, she said.
Translated from Norwegian by Agnes Scott Langeland