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I’m a sucker for Bilal’s art, so it’s often hard for me to look past that to the success or failure of the narrative. Here, the narrative somehow takes over. The story is simple, but the depth of the history they’ve (for whatever reason) thought out for every character makes it seem considerably more complex. Perhaps a little more education in Soviet bloc politics would help in understanding all the intricacies at work amongst these characters, but not understanding most of that didn’t spoil the
That occurs before the fall from the Berlin Wall. All that will occur is envisaged in this book: the perestroika, bursting of the Soviet block.
All the dignitaries of east countries are invited to a shooting party. There is the old leader Bolshevik who can’t speak after a neurological accident. It is him who very organized. There are the memories which haunt them. The goal of this hunting is to allow regime’s liberalisation.
this liberalization will destroy the communist bloc.
Bilal is an immense a
Perhaps a bit overly ambitious for the format, or at least for the page count. A good fifty percent of the work does no more than set up the characters in the plot, rather than advancing the plot itself, and that becomes both tedious, and somewhat confusing.
Bilal’s artwork is beautiful, though. As always.