Poema a fumetti
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Poema a fumetti

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  324 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Riproponendo l'antico mito di Orfeo ed Euridice scrive Claudio Toscani nella sua introduzione a questo volume "Buzzati evoca un immaginoso inferno contemporaneo. Orfi è un moderno cantautore ed Eura la sua innamorata, una ragazza che la morte si porta via nel fiore degli anni. Orfi la vede scomparire una sera nella porticina di una villa misteriosa che sorge poroprio di fr...more
Oscar Narrativa #1109, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Arnoldo Mondadori (first published January 1st 1969)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 635)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Penelope
Ehhh I didn't care for this much. At some points it was poetic and some of the illustrations were really gorgeous. At other times I felt like I was just reading a badly written mythological adaptation, the purpose of which seemed to be the objectification of women and the dehumanization of female sexuality. Ew. Maybe I was reading into it too much. But am I the only one who noticed that when the jacket was naming off women to Orfi, that the black woman was not given a name (pg 95)? All the other...more
arcobaleno
Ma le stelle le avete? ...e il vento? la tempesta? e la notte?... e l'amore?
Strana questa opera, ad una prima impressione: un (non) poema che è anche fumetto e un (non) fumetto che è quasi poema…
Non è poema: i suoi non sono versi veri e propri, eppure vi si avverte spesso una poesia di sentimenti; non ha il grande respiro, ma accenni di sospiri in poche parole.
Non è un fumetto vero e proprio: il ‘linguaggio’ non ne ha tutte le caratteristiche, eppure le immagini sanno esprimersi con sorprendent...more
Eddie Watkins
Modern urban metaphysical mystery (with erotical gothic horror touches) grooving on an Orpheus & Eurydice in 1960's Milan that's a breezy though serious exploration of death's endless boredom and the give and take of meaning between it and anguished life and its exquisite suffering, and of sex and the gorgeous dangers it poses, and of love and its power to save banality by impregnating it with labyrinthine mystery. Beauty survives but the sadness remains.
Trin
Very ’60s, very Italian retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Very ’60s. If Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had come out 40-50 years ago, I could easily see someone in a marketing department somewhere deciding to call this work Orpheus and Eurydice and Boobs in an attempt to stay on trend.

It’s kind of fun, though, and it’s a neat example of a graphic novel before there were “graphic novels.” For example, there are large blocks of text, and there are pictures (mostly of boobs), but the t...more
Tessa
I just just read this at lunch. So. Good. Poem-y and story-y and tangible and abstract and funny and delicate and old and new all at once.

In Milan there is a house behind a big guarded wall on the Via Saturna. Orfi, the son of an old but no longer rich family, sees his girlfriend, Eura, enter a small door in the wall one night. She's dead. He has to get her back. Familiar? You won't find a stale part of this pastel hell.

I was going to quote some but it's not the same w/o the illustrations.
Adrianne Mathiowetz
This is one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. I put it down, only to pick it back up again and reread some of these pages. I want them enlarged and framed, hung on the walls I pass by most often. I want them tattooed backwards on my forehead. I want to think about them every single freaking day. For serious.

More later.
Julia
I adore Dino Buzzati. While nothing will ever top Il deserto dei Tartari, Poema a Fumetti is certainly a breathtaking little book. Some of Buzzati's illustrations rival anything produced by Chirico/Delvaux.
No Books
Hugo Pratt, Una ballata del mare salato (1967)
Dino Buzzati, Poema a fumetti (1969)

Una cosa è certa: la graphic novel è un'invenzione italiana.
Quest'opera, in particolare, ha tutte le carte in regola per rientrare nella categoria: concept, unità della visione, maturità. Buzzati, che ha 63 anni quando pubblica il Poema, si era già cimentato con la narrativa illustrata: ad es. in La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia, che però nelle sue bibliografie viene definito 'libro per ragazzi illustra...more
Ademption
First off, the text isn't important. Orfi is a rockstar who goes to the underworld for his love, Eura. The plot clearly isn't important either; it's an acid and titties retelling of the Orpheus & Eurydice myth. Some (ok, most) of Orfi's songs are embarrassingly bad; however, each page looks like a 60s poster, lovingly created while blissed out on LSD. For no reason, Hades is a talking jacket. What Buzzati covers well is the exquisite pain of being alive, having to prosaically overcome ceasel...more
sara ahmed
this was one of my first 'online purchases' (when i discovered bookdepository) and i remember looking into graphic poetry and this was the only book that came up.

i wasn't sure what to expect and i'm glad i didn't look it up because this book gave me was a great visual (and reading) experience.

gothic and realistically (to some extent) sad. i don't know, grab this book if you see it, it's great.

(VERY VERY NSFW ILLUSTRATIONS)
Amy
I don't think that I've ever read a 20th century Italian surrealist graphic novel before. This was a pretty great introduction to the genre. I can really see the influences of filmmakers like Fellini and artists like Dali on Buzzati.
Daniel
Do you like lots of drawings of boobs? Are you a young boy going through puberty? Then you'll love this! There are so many boobs in this! Everywhere! It's very distracting.

I can't say that I really get comic books (although I will go see every Marvel movie in existence), but I love the myth of Orpheus. This isn't my favorite interpretation, but it is an interesting one. It's very surreal and very 1960s Italian, and the artwork can be pretty great. The book seems to be after those small glimpses...more
míol mór
Hugo Pratt, Una ballata del mare salato (1967)
Dino Buzzati, Poema a fumetti (1969)

Una cosa �� certa: la graphic novel �� un'invenzione italiana.
Quest'opera, in particolare, ha tutte le carte in regola per rientrare nella categoria: concept, unit�� della visione, maturit��. Buzzati, che ha 63 anni quando pubblica il Poema, si era gi�� cimentato con la narrativa illustrata: ad es. in La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia, che per�� nelle sue bibliografie viene definito 'libro per ragazzi il...more
zaCk S
ordinarily, when i give a 1-star review, i give the book a pass and realize that it might not be bad, it's just, "not for me." but there are always exceptions. now, i hate to say anything negative about a book ever (unless it's non-fiction, and is guilty of bad reporting). i believe that the act of completing a work of fiction is a commendable feat and should be congratulated. and i feel the same in this instance. i DO however, think this is a bad book.

of course, this was originally published i...more
Alex V.
There are many that might say a Cinemax-porn, rock star laden, Italian, book-length, psychedelic comic book from 1969 is not their thing. Or they might think it is their thing and then they see it's a thin reselling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, the one where the egocentric singer gets to visit the land of the dead to retrieve his lover and they botch the escape from hell at the gate to the living world, and that kills it for them. You might offer that it's a European pop star, but no one li...more
Gonçalo Serra
É difícil qualificar Buzzati: no horizonte há sempre um exército de tártaros à espreita e os contos são já um cânone da literatura. Este livro que procurava há algum tempo(sem esforço de concretização, confesso) e que sequestrei da Fnac valeu um momento de regresso à mitologia de Orfeu e Eurídice, essa leitura que me valeu horas de fascínio na adolescência. Este romance gráfico, com desenhos do autor, tem a habilidade de fazer converter erotismo e rock n'roll, numa balada triste e negra. Milão "...more
Jimmy
I agree with one of my GR friend's review who said "Adolescent. And not in a good way". It's got redeeming qualities though. Some of the artwork is really good, though it never has the subtlety and the attention to detail that he paid to his other, children's book The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily. In fact, the graphical vibe is very different: it is bold, energetic, random, and erotic. Its weak point is definitely the writing, though. The language is just so cliche and uninteresting (and yes...more
Koonu
"Do you remember the night
The two of them kissed
And you were alone?
Chopin descended from God's garret
And it was a permanent blow
Suddenly you were grown up and unhappy"

Haunting portraits equal parts surreal and sensual that compliment an affecting text. I am filled with immense melancholy and nostalgia whenever I gaze at this book.
Lewis Manalo
A tone of adolescent immaturity permeates this book. Which makes it awesome!

Rock and roll is already childish. Comic books? Of course. Now make it an Italian, psychedelic rock and roll comic book, and you have a formula for awesomeness that rivals your old, pit-stained Dukes of Hazzard tee shirt.

Rock star Orfi follows his dead lover though a gate to Hades (in Milan, naturally) and is immediately beset on all sides by writhing, naked women! There's enough nudity here that you don't want to read t...more
Mike
Mar 04, 2010 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic adventurers and reptiles too
Porno retelling of Orpheus & Eurydice story as a comic book. In the afterlife the female form is stripped bare and contorted distorted a thousand ways to suit the hero's fancy. Better than an endless game of backgammon with Jesus, I suppose, and good proof that Muslims don't have a monopoly on heaven as an eternal episode of Girls Gone Wild.

The pictures elaborate an uneasy truce between sensuality and decay, a morse code where the traditional dots and dashes have been replaced by the animal...more
Nellie Airoldi
E' difficile parlare di quest'opera così onirica e decisamente fuori dal comune. Un Orfeo e una Euridice del '69, un Orfeo che canta la morte e la vita e cerca di renderci partecipi del dolore. E dico cerco perché questo poema non è proprio riuscito a toccarmi nel profondo così come la grafica che, forse un po' troppo grossolana per i miei gusti personali, non è riuscita a colpirmi con i suoi colori fluo e le linee infinite che compongono le ombre, quasi fossero uno sfogo di Buzzati sulla carta...more
Meg
So, it's a 1960s trippy, creepy, highly sexual version of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. And it's a comic book. By the guy who did The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily.

Yeah.

It sounds horrible, but I still liked it. The songs that Orfi plays for the dead to remind them of life are sufficiently strange, and so is the art. It's an unusual but still very simple story.

I struggled a little give it four stars because there are just so many, many boobs. Seriously. Total number of pages: 218. Total nu...more
Susan Rose
This is an english translation of the italian graphic novel Poem Strip. I wasn't sure what this would be like when I picked it up, a mixture of poetry and graphic novel for a fan of both of those mediums seemed a really good idea.

But what I wasn't prepared for this books surrealism in both its artwork and its narratives on life after death. Some of the pages of this book are just so beautiful I immediatly wanted posters of a few of them, (pictured above). All in all if you enjoy surrealist artw...more
Zioluc
Idea apprezzabile (rivisitazione del mito di orfeo e euridice), realizzazione fiacca. Non è un vero fumetto, ma un semplice racconto illustrato... roba da ripescaggio negli archivi. Onore al grande Buzzati comunque per lo spirito sperimentatore che mi colpisce sempre.
Jeff
Dino Buzzati's Poem Strip is great stuff; a distinctly psychedelic re-telling of the myth of Orpheus which explores some unique angels that (to my knowledge) were not part of the original legend. The artwork is simple and occasionally amateurish, but appropriate nonetheless to the trippy tale that Buzzati is weaving. Even in translation from the original Italian, the poetry is rich, fluid and highly complementary to the drawings on each page. Buzzati loves devils, buxom women, and general surrea...more
Judson
This graphic novel, created at the dawn of the form in 1969, is a darkly psychedelic update of the Orpheus myth, and is an assaultive thrill to read and look at, as though the familiar tale were being told by a chorus featuring Alan Moore, Federico Fellini, Nick Drake, Tim Burton, and Bob Guccione, each at the top of his game. Will surely re-read, if only to more permanently sear several of its weirdest warped and macabre images into the back of my braincase.

I read most of it while listening to...more
Nate D
Mar 02, 2011 Nate D rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nate D by: AJRMS
Simple and messy but lunges pretty effectively into some good areas. Particularly, in discussing how life is precious for its finitude and immortality lends meaninglessness (a pretty common idea), Buzzati hovers, savoring, over those instants of life when we are inescapably reminded of death. But he's not morbid -- rather he suggests that these macabre moments are the most precious of life, in a wistful, gothically elegant sort of way. Which is actually a sort of great. The art favors a sketchy...more
Richard Stuart
A quick read, mildly interesting... perhaps the best thing about the book is the debate it sparks on the portrayal of women throughout it pages. I personally think it was an esthetic choice, one that was calculated to fit it's artsy/bohemian style, and to sex it up a bit (sex never hurts as a marketing/sales tool). The artwork in the book is at times pretty good, but mostly it is just okay. I have to admit that I am more entertained by Edward Gorey's macabre illustrations and Henry Darger's art...more
TaraShea Nesbit
A 1960s graphic poem or novel that reimagines the Orpheus and Eurydice myth as set in the then (1960s) contemporary Milan, or any other city one lived in prior to death. It's an exploration that subverts death as a relief and instead locates the pain of living as what the dead now long for, perhaps even a joy. The two "states" are shown as so interconnected, but hierarchical in terms of relief. There is this discussion of death but readers journey through the story with our guides: a talking coa...more
David Townsend
I feel like I need to wash my eyes, what is "luscious harpies?"
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 21 22 next »
  • Weathercraft
  • Sshhhh!
  • Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk & Postmodern Science Fiction
  • A Poetics of Postmodernism
  • The Wine-Dark Sea
  • Wish Her Safe at Home
  • Testing the Current
  • Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature
  • Branchie
  • Mr. Fortune's Maggot
  • Under the Glacier
  • El perseguidor
  • The Pilgrim Hawk
  • Schlafes Bruder
  • The Art of Hunger: Essays, Prefaces, Interviews, The Red Notebook
  • The Jolly Corner
  • My Life with the Taliban
  • Mouchette
47421
Dino Buzzati Traverso was an Italian novelist, short story writer, painter and poet, as well as a journalist for Corriere della Sera. His worldwide fame is mostly due to his novel Il deserto dei Tartari, translated into English as The Tartar Steppe.
More about Dino Buzzati...
The Tartar Steppe La boutique del mistero Un amore The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily Il segreto del Bosco Vecchio

Share This Book