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Poema a fumetti by Dino Buzzati

Poema a fumetti (original 1969; edition 1969)

by Dino Buzzati

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Title:Poema a fumetti
Authors:Dino Buzzati
Info:Milano] A. Mondadori [1969]
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Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati (1969)


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Poesia, quadrinhos, artes plásticas, cinema, narrativa, música, este livro do Buzzati é uma ode às mais variadas artes. ( )
  Adriana_Scarpin | Jun 12, 2018 |
Lettura veloce, da ripassare con calma per apprezzare la pop-art di Buzzati e la sua nascosta semantica. Tavole e tratto molto legati al suo tempo - e ci mancherebbe; potrebbe risultare legnoso, graficamente. In realta' dietro c'e' cosi' tanta poesia e vita che nessun illustratore saprebbe insufflare automaticamente nei propri lavori. Prosa 'normografata' che presenta le stesse problematiche - e virtu' - delle tavole. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Poem Strip serves as proof of Buzzati's range as not just an author, but as a creator in general. He can write phenomenally and he's not too shabby as an artist either, not to mention he's capable of reimagining classic stories in new and interesting ways.

Buzzati gives us a punk rock comic strip take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, where our rock star main character descends into an underworld that's more lascivious than the underworld of old, perhaps, and where the challenges he faces are of a different nature as well. Thanks to a poetry club in college I've read at least the very least half a dozen takes on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, and the simple story can be made to convey an amazing range of messages and emotions with only a few subtle tweaks. Among the many versions of the myth Buzzati's can stand proudly among them, with a message about letting go that serves as a natural, but still poignant twist on the story.

So long you're okay with the graphic novel format I'd recommend you check out Poem Strip, even if you haven't had much exposure to the Orpheus and Eurydice myth before. ( )
1 vote BayardUS | Dec 10, 2014 |
Do you like lots of drawings of boobs? Are you a young boy going through puberty? Then you'll love this! There are so many boobs in this! Everywhere! It's very distracting.

I can't say that I really get comic books (although I will go see every Marvel movie in existence), but I love the myth of Orpheus. This isn't my favorite interpretation, but it is an interesting one. It's very surreal and very 1960s Italian, and the artwork can be pretty great. The book seems to be after those small glimpses in life that look under the everyday glamor and into a world of eternity, where "the last kings of myth [are] setting out toward exile" and everything is a mystery. Look at this world all you like, but in the end you are still going to be swept away by it with little understanding of what it is. It's beautiful, sad, and painful fact of life, but there is so much time in existence to cover that up. You better just enjoy the mysteries while you can.

Also, I am not sure why this book says it includes "An Explanation of the Afterlife," since that appears to be a legitimate chapter and not a separate work. ( )
  danlai | Sep 1, 2014 |
When the magically curious Poema a fumetti (A poem in comic strips) was published in 1969, the Italian master of the fantastic and metaphysical fiction, writer and painter Dino Buzzati was sixty-three years old. It is an unexpected but incontestable entry for the first ever "graphic novel", if we accept the terminology imposed by North American publishing.

At the time of publication, the format confounded critics, who by and large knew no better than to obtusely condemn Buzzati's "experiment". It didn't seem serious enough to them. It was demeaning to literature to enclose it into sequential images, bubbles and squares such as were usually seen around Donald Duck and Diabolik. And, it struck some as sort of obscene. In short, the critical reception was uncomprehending and cold, but the book sold very well.

The visual, literary, political and autobiographical references of this relatively short and incredibly rich work would take a tome to expound, beginning with Buzzati's life, and what follows are the broadest of strokes. Buzzati's imagination wedded pictures to words from the earliest age, so the question of origin of the idea for a literary story told in pictures is moot. His final decision and choice of the topic, however, had crystallised more than ten years before publication, in the aftermath of a shattering and revelatory love affair, thanks to which Buzzati, by his own testimony, had discovered love for the first time, "at the threshold of old age". The woman in question had been much younger than Buzzati, as was his wife, whom he met and married some years later. The erotic longing, despair and infinite regret that infuse Poema a fumetti are clearly autobiographical.

The plot is taken from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, here called Orfi and Eura, and translated to the 1960s Milan. Pop singer Orfi sees one night his beloved Eura disappear into the grounds of a mysterious house, which turns out to be the gateway to Hades. Desperate, he follows and looks for her among the dead (who "live" their death not that differently from how the living live life), beguiles the spirits with his music and song of what they have lost, and almost snatches Eura away… except that she refuses to follow him, telling him it's useless, that another great law reigns in Death, and that they would meet again some day. This is the major departure from the myth, making Eura a positive, independent agent, different from the wholly passive and passively lost Eurydice.

(The reason for this departure, I think, is that Buzzati HAD to abide by the truth of the experience he was conveying. The girl ditched him. Love abandoned him. I can't help wondering what Buzzati's output would have looked like had he known Eros for as long as he had known Thanatos. Oh, he certainly knew, as he wrote to a friend, what it meant to "go to bed with a woman", but it is interesting that his protagonists' main relationships are always with their own and others' death. The joy of living in Buzzati is concentrated in his magnificent appreciation of nature and animals, most poignantly, that of mountains.)

A little on the visual style of the book. Buzzati collected images all his life. He drew and painted in different styles. For Poema a fumetti he adopted a collagistic and "sampling" approach. Some images were drawn from life, including models, such as the young friend who posed for Orfi (Buzzati's wife posed for Eura, a detail which was discreetly overlooked at publication), but others were references to famous illustrations or illustrators, reworkings of photographs, homages to other artists, and concoctions in various styles of the day, influenced by Pop Art and the commercial fumetti. Buzzati's references (according to Lorenzo Vigano) include the image of a hanged man from a medical atlas, architectural plans of buildings in Milano, Salvador Dali's Lobster telephone, photographs of Irving Klaw (famous for his Bettie Page and striptease photos), Caspar David Friedrich, the German Romantic painter, Arthur Rackham, famous illustrator of fairy tales, Otto Greiner, a Symbolist painter, F. W. Murnau, the director of Nosferatu, Wilhelm Busch, German humorist and cartoonist, the creator of Max und Moritz, Hans Bellmer, of the famous quartered Doll, Fellini etc. etc. etc.

This mix creates a strangely dreamlike, surrealist atmosphere, as these diverse visual signals tug at memory and elicit streams of associations. Reading the Poema a fumetti is like lucid dreaming, with eyes open. ( )
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