Saturday, January 16, 2010

Dino Buzzati, Poem Strip including An Explanation of the Afterlife

I just don't get it I guess...

Dino Buzzati's Poem Strip is... well... a paean to school boy fantasies? A mushy graphic amalgam of the detritus of 1960s psychedelic (soon to be arena) rock music? A whole lot of tit and ass?

It's all of those things. And apparently it's avant garde and "a dark and alluring investigation into mysteries of love, lust, sex, and death" (if the back of the book is to be believed). Kinda missed that whole dark and alluring part. It all seems so very self-indulgent and disconcertingly sterile (and there's no reason why a re-telling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth needs to feel sterile, as anyone who has seen Black Orpheus can attest).

Some of the drawings are quite striking -- you can see a selection here -- but as a whole, it fails.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

There's a much more thorough -- and well-turned -- review of Buzzati's Poem Strip at the complete review. I don't think we disagree in substance, however. Includes additional reviews that might be of interest to readers.