- Capa dura: 80 páginas
- Editora: Mino (27 de fevereiro de 2017)
- Idioma: Português
- ISBN-10: 8569032218
- ISBN-13: 978-8569032212
- Dimensões do produto: 29,6 x 21,2 x 1,4 cm
- Peso de envio: 680 g
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Billie Holiday (Português) Capa dura – Edição de luxo, 27 fev 2017
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The opening sentence gives you a taste:
“Let’s forget for a moment, please, since it’s unforgettable in of itself, in fact, impossible to, indelible, but try to forget her mother giving birth at the age of thirteen, her great-grandmother housed in a shack in the back of the plantation, whom the master, a handsome Irishman, would come bang at set times, and by whom, she would have seventeen children all dead except for one, Billie’s grandfather.”
The French have a habit of elevating the heroes of popular culture to the pantheon of the greats, even regarding Jerry Lewis as a genius. It should therefore come as no surprise that Marmande rates ‘Lady Day’ on a par with Virginia Woolf, Carson McCullers, Marguerite Duras, Stravinsky and Mozart.
It therefore comes as a considerable relief to leave the introduction behind and to move on to the book proper.
Carlos Sampayo copies the central storytelling device from ‘Citizen Kane’ so that instead of newsreel reporter Jerry Thompson trying to reconstruct the life of the recently deceased Charles Foster Kane, we follow a New York newspaper reporter who is researching Holiday’s life for a piece to mark the 30th anniversary of her death.
Sampayo’s text covers all the key aspects of Holiday’s harrowing life, including the prostitution, alcoholism, drug addiction, destructive relationships, and casual and overt racism, and is admirably complemented by the stark but arresting black-and-white drawings of Muñoz. Holiday’s relationship with Lester Young, her personal courage (most obvious in her championing of the song ‘Strange Fruit’) and the reminders of her vocal artistry do a little to make Holiday’s life and the book less dark and downbeat.
The book begins with an essay by Francis Marmande, a writer and journalist for Le Monde. The graphic novel has a framing story of a journalist doing a story on the 30th anniversary of Billie's death. What follows is not a complete story of her life, and it's certainly not a happy one. Billie had her own problems with drugs and men, and those are presented in an unflinching way. She was also discriminated against and faced racism in spite of her tremendous fame.
The book is drawn in stark black and white. The figures come across as caricatures with garishly drawn features. The incidents here are ugly and don't serve to put Billie Holiday in the best light. She had a hard life, and this book doesn't make any excuses for that. I appreciated the approach this graphic novel took.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Papercutz, NBM Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
As the story begins a newspaper writer is given the task of putting together a special piece to honor the 30th anniversary of Billie Holiday's death. The reporter doesn't even know the name - Billie Holiday. The rest of the book unfolds as the cold hard facts of the research get interspersed with flashbacks to the "real life", the story behind the story. the reality that is more nuanced, less black and white than the impersonal facts presented 30 years later.
Billy Holiday by Carlos Sampayo is a commentary on the realities that Billie Holiday suffered through and on the injustices of the times she lived in.
The artwork, fittingly enough, is full of heavily lined figures in plays of shadow and light as they help to illustrate the grey areas that made up the truth behind much of the legend.
***Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this title