B, David. Epileptic

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The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the last ten years, Epileptic is David B.’s story of his brother’s battle with epilepsy – but it turns into a penetrating and sometimes lacerating self-examination on the author’s part, as he delves into his own complex emotions and his family’s troubled history, as well as his own youthful fantasy life. Particularly pointed is his description of the family journey from one attempted cure to another, including acupuncture, spiritualism and macrobiotics.

Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Year: 2006
ISBN-10: 0224079204

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  1. Mary

    What I did like the most about the story were an extensive usage of imagery, both realistic and symbolic, intertwined in such a way, that added several more layers of meaning to the story. The brightest example is probably the epilepsy as a monster symbolism – it contributed much to the reader’s understanding of the social and psychological consequences for Jean-Christopher and his family.


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