The Great Walls of Samaris (Cities of the Fantastic, #1)
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The Great Walls of Samaris (Les Cités obscures #1)

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Schuiten's graphic representations and architectural styles within Les Cités obscures is, among other historical themes, heavily influenced by Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta, who worked in Brussels at the turn of the 20th century. An important motif is the process of what he calls Bruxellisation, the destruction of this historic Brussels in favor of anonymous,...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing (first published 1983)
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Steve Smith
I read the 1987 NBM American edition of this title, called "The Great Walls of Samaris," though I also own the 2011 revised French edition. Having just arrived back home from BookExpo where I had the privilege of having breakfast with the author, Benoît Peeters, as as it had been years, possibly as many as 20, since I first read it, I took a couple of hours to revisit the book. The obvious thing that jumps out in this title is François Schuiten's masterful art, but what I had less remembered, wa...more
Jul 23, 2010 M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, comix, own
Stunning, especially in it's brevity. There's a hint of Bioy Casares's Morel here, but appropriated in a way that is more terrifying than fantastique, similar to Robbe-Grillet's appropriation of the text for Last Year at Marienbad. But that is not what's important here.

Rather, this being the 3rd book in the Cites Obscures series that I've read, I'm actually pretty amazed by the fact that the these basically live up to their concept as well as they do. The art is fantastic & loads of fantasti...more
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Florin Pitea
The first graphic novel in the series of Obscure Cities. Excellent graphics, gripping story. Kafka meets Art Nouveau. Recommended. For a detailed review, please visit my blog:
A bit on the symbolic-philosophical side, so probably not everyone's cup of tea. But I think if you enjoyed Gaiman's "Sandman" series, the books in the "Les Cites Obscures" series might be appealing to you.
Dina Rahajaharison
"Le nom de Samaris ne semblait n'éveiller que la crainte."
Stunning artwork elevates a slightly overly-intellectual tale about our relationship with and perceptions of reality.
Sebastian Hagedorn
Einer meiner Lieblingscomics.
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François Schuiten was born in Brussels in 1956, as the son of two architects. He studied at the Saint-Luc Institute where he met Claude Renard. Together, they created the comics 'Aux Médianes de Cymbiola' and 'Le Rail', as well as three volumes of '9ème Rêve'. François also collaborated with his brother Luc on the series 'Terres Creuses' which was published in the legendary Pilote magazine. His fi...more
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