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Paperback, Pantheon Books, 2006, ISBN# 0375714685

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Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europes most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work.

David B. was born Pierre-Fran ois Beauchard in a small town near Orl ans, France. He spent an idyllic early childhood playing with the neighborhood kids and, along with his older brother, Jean-Christophe, ganging up on his little sister, Florence. But their lives changed abruptly when 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 as Jean-Christophe, after brief periods of remission, would only get worse.

Angry at his brother for abandoning him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, Pierre-Fran ois learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a fascinating window into his interior life. An honest and horrifying portrait of the disease and of the pain and fear it sowed in the family, Epileptic is also a moving depiction of one familys intricate history. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to the stories of Pierre-Franoiss grandparents and we relive his grandfathers experiences in both World Wars. We follow Pierre-Fran ois through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, all the while charting his complicated relationship with his brother and Jean-Christophes losing battle with epilepsy. Illustrated with beautiful and striking black-and-white images, Epileptic is as astonishing, intimate, and heartbreaking as the best literary memoir.

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Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publish Date: Jul 04, 2006
ISBN-13: 9780375714689
ISBN-10: 0375714685
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.7 x 6.5 x 1.1
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