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The Rare And Extraordinary History Of Holy Russia, With Over 500 Illustrations

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Published (first published January 1st 1854)
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Yann
Ce livre est un ouvrage de propagande satirique paru en 1854, abondamment illustré par Gustave Doré, en pleine Guerre de Crimée (1853-1856). Ce conflit opposa l’Empire Russe de Nicolas Ier à une coalition formée par l’Empire Ottoman, l’Angleterre Victorienne, et l’Empire Français de Napoléon III. Il finit par une victoire de la coalition (). Il s’agissait alors d’empêcher coûte que coûte la Russie de s’emparer du détroit du Bosphore et des Dardanelles : les anglais voulaient protéger la route de ...more
Wendy
Jun 08, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
The editor calls this book "more than an intriguing and amusing curiosity, it is a work of permanent fascination." Fair play. This is a satirical history of Russia (ooh, it's nasty and hateful!) done by French graphic artist Gustave Dore in the mid-19th century. Essentially, it's an early comic book. The drawings and accompanying text (in translation) are funnier (and harsher) than I'd anticipated. Definitely fascinating.
Kim
Oct 28, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, europe, art
The first great graphic novel.
Bill Katalopoulos' review of the work is well written. https://web.archive.org/web/200601061...
Erik
Apr 19, 2015 Erik rated it it was ok
The illustrations range from sketches to fully detailed full page drawings. The storytelling is done through a few sentences per image to songs and full paragraphs. The pages are actually laid out like a modern comic, which I didn't expect. Still, more interesting as a piece of history than anything else. Maybe the satire would work better if I knew more about the era going in, although I did like how Ivan the Terrible's reign was represented as a full page ink spill.
Vincent Bergeron
Oct 02, 2012 Vincent Bergeron rated it it was amazing
First comic book perhaps, the most inventive probably. Every page is different. The content is nasty, but it is a satire written by a young man. The point is the visual invention. Masterpiece !!
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The most popular and successful French book illustrator of the mid 19th century. Doré became very widely known for his illustrations to such books as Dante's Inferno (1861), Don Quixote (1862), and the Bible (1866), and he helped to give European currency to the illustrated book of large . He was so prolific that at one time he employed more than forty blockcutters. His work is characterized by a ...more
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