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Sharaz-De (Colecção Novela Gráfica #9)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A set of tales inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights, European comics master Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-de explores a barbaric society where the supernatural is the only remedy to injustice.

The lovely Sharaz-de, captive to a cruel and despotic king, must each night spin tales to entertain her master and save her head from the executioner. Her tales are filled with evil spirits, treas
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 13th 2012 (first published 1984)
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Aug 30, 2012 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Arabian Nights
Disclaimer: Copy received via Netgalley

Did you ever see the old Sinbad movies? Maybe the one with the young Jane Seymour? The ones with the Ray Harryhausen special effects? Was it your first introduction to the Arabian Nights too? Did the actual tales with the frame story of sex and violence come as something as a surprise?

Well, Mr. Toppi follows the tradition of the original stories and not the movies.

And boy, is it something.

I had never heard of Sergio Toppi before seeing this book posted
Seth Hahne
I'm an artist and the son of an artist. I don't have a lot of work to show for the title—being mostly employed in web design, I only have a little bit of illustration work for online magazines still extant. But my father, he was a career artist in the real sense—in the sense that he produced physical objects of art. Ceramics and Chinese brush painting. The point is: we're both all about the aesthetic value of human creations, no matter the medium. He likes my work and I like his and whenever one ...more
David Schaafsma
Sharaz-De is an adaptation of The Arabian Nights, or The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, with someone we recall is named Scheherazade. It has an alarming premise of sex and violence. Shahryār discovers his wife is unfaithful, killing her. He travels to his brother's house, finds his wife is unfaithful, and she is killled. Shahryār decides to have sex only with virgins after this, whereupon each morning after he kills them so they will never have the chance to be unfaithful. Nice story, ...more
When I was a kid, I used to "sneak" into my mom's library and spend hours looking through Faeries, enthralled with the illustrations of the pretty faeries, the folklore, and the terrifying nasty ones. I say sneak, not because my mother didn't allow me near her books, but because the illustrations and descriptions were explicit--revealing the dangerous side of the fairy tale/folktale world with which I was unaware, having kept mostly to Disney. If I ever have kids, I want this to be their Faeries ...more
Mike Klein
Wonderful art and a great bunch of stories make this one of the best graphic "novels" around. (Really it is more like graphic literature).

Mostly pen and ink drawings that add to the stories that are sometimes subtle and sometimes over the top, but always appropriate.

The only problem with this book is that it is way too short. There are 1001 stories and this book only contains 12. The author is now dead so there'll be no more and that is too bad. Ending a book can generate different emotions--for
I read this one in the spring and forgot to review it but then saw a goodreads friend had just read it and it sparked my memory. A beautiful retelling of the Arabian Nights that manages to capture the high stakes intensity in a way no other version I've read has done. Toppi's "Sharaz-De" singularly evokes the king's emotional pain as well as his immature, self-centered cruelty, while still offering a sense of romance and expansiveness (night after night unfolding in endless stories told by Shara ...more
A Idade de Ouro Islâmica deu ao Mundo uma lufada de ar fresco no obscurantismo medieval, incluindo diversos clássicos de literatura, onde, para o mundo ocidental, as Mil e Uma Noites tomam o papel principal. Contudo, Toppi não reconta as histórias de Sindbad, Ali Baba ou Aladino. Ao invés, coloca Sharaz-de (Xerazade) a contar histórias a Shahriar (uma por noite, um pouco à semelhança do original) onde entram personagens que, não tendo o objectivo de serem lembradas por si só, servem de mote a um ...more
If I were to have any criticism on this book, it'd be that the amazing art distracts from the story.

Henrique Vogado
Um livro poético em termos de desenho. As histórias que Sharaz-De conta são boas e ela procura chamar a atenção ao rei que a mantém cativa de personagens que caíram em desgraça de uma maneira ou de outra, muitas vezes por ambição ou ganância.
O desenho é fenomenal. A composição das páginas é extraordinária e a marca de Sergio Toppi. Já tinha visto o seu traço numa história sobre o Infante D.Henrique.
Vale a pena abrir em qualquer página e admirar o traço.
Willem van den Oever
The tale of Scheherazade and her 1001 nights of story-telling have served as a fantastic reading experience and an inspiration for several centuries. Even when you haven’t read the original books, everyone’s at least familiar with the adventures of Ali Baba, Djinns in bottles and wise, but treacherous, viziers.
Italian artist Sergio Toppi gives his own spin on the old tales by presenting “Sharaz-De”. Over the course of eleven short stories, he tells of an ancient kingdom where, after having disco
Artur Coelho
Deixei o melhor para o fim. Aliás, este foi o elemento fundamental que me convenceu a negociar com uma papelaria cá da terra para fazer a colecção completa das Novelas Gráficas Público/Levoir. Tinha de assegurar que esta edição do esplendoroso Sharaz-De chegaria às minhas estantes. Sabendo o que me esperava, tendo-o já encontrado por portas e travessas nos recantos obscuros do mundo digital, guardei-o até ter tempo mental para o saborear.

A adaptação de contos das Mil e Uma Noites por Toppi toca-
Some of the best art I've seen in a long time. Sergio Toppi is a master of comics art. Almost all of the pages are worthy of framing and hanging up in a wall. The book itself is gorgeous; something you might like to leave on a coffee table for guests to browse
The artwork in this piece was truly spectacular!! I would recommend this book for the art alone as it is the visuals in this novel that create the lyricism and poignancy of the story.
Morgane Zephyr
Drawing style supports atmosphere of the stories perfectly. Every next page makes you stop for the moment and really absorb details of the pictures, so it makes you respect and follow the rhythm of the stories - you feel slow pace through the hot sand, smell of the heat and hot sunshine pressure on your head.
The narrative is simple yet sufficient, no redundant or overly ambitious descriptions.
I would recommend this to younger folks and to all daydreamers. It's clever, illuminating, cunning, fun.
Artur Coelho
Um sublime revisitar das lendas das 1001 noites, esse texto que alimenta os mais exóticos sonhos orientalistas. Sergio Toppi, um dos grandes mestres italianos da banda desenhada, dá-nos um olhar muito pessoal sobre alguns dos contos do clássico literário. Mas não é da narrativa que vive esta obra deslumbrante. O que a faz pulsar é o traço único deste autor, fortemente expressionista, com um trabalho espantoso de linha que confere uma solidez pétrea às suas imagens. Não há limites nas vinhetas, a ...more
Uhm, non si potrebbero avere quattro o cinque stelline in più da assegnargli? Solo per stavolta (non è che capolavori come questo capitino di frequente. Purtroppo).
*si ricompone*
E, di tanto in tanto, si inciampa in un capolavoro.

Qualcosa di così bello da togliere il fiato.

Qualcosa che ti lascia perso nella meraviglia.

Qualcosa che ti arricchisce, che tu legga o ti abbandoni al piacere puro delle tavole, seguendo ogni linea, decifrando il gioco sottile di vuoti e pien
Syahira Sharif

Sharaz-De: Tales from the Arabian Nights is a long series of unimaginable stories that began with a king destroyed by his queen's infidelity, he changed into a cruel king who hated woman and decreed that every day a woman of age will be sent to his bed and o
A.C.E. Bauer
Gorgeous art. Disturbing stories. This is a world where justice is cruel, kings are arbitrary, slavery rules, and life is incredibly hard. Yet I found myself drawn into the tales. There are grace notes, mercy, and despite the depiction of very flawed people and an unjust social order, I felt an overarching sense of right and wrong. It demonstrates how heroes need not be good people to be compelling.
Seppo Alanissi
Simply amazing! I wrote a review of this elsewhere so now I'll just say that Toppi was an incredible artist and his art is what makes this book something extraordinary. Although the tales are interesting as they are, it's Toppi's treatment that gives them the wondrous quality here. Praise praise praise!
Exceptional artistry. There are only two tales with color...and the art in those pages is mind blowing. The stories, of course, are wonderful.
Beautiful, stark, stunning artwork. The tales...well, I was less entranced than King Shah Riyar was.
This was so beautiful! I love the art style. I've also never been able to get myself to plunge into Arabian Nights, so this is a cool little abridged version of that (I mean, I assume it is). The stories were really interesting. I wish there was a way to get ahold of part 2!
I think it's fair to say most of us in the Western world are not nearly as familiar with the Arabian nights as we are with Grimm or Andersen. In that respect, I found this collection very interesting, as I had never read these particular tales before. However, I found the pen and ink, line-style drawings very creepy... and weirdly southern- African flavored for something mostly set in the middle east. Also, there are a ridiculous number of beheadings. Loads and loads and loads of beheadings. And ...more
Most beautiful art I've ever seen in any graphic novel. The storytelling is exquisite.
A Taylor
Beautiful…short and simple.
Toppi non è stato un autore facile: il suo stile di disegno è talmente particolare che non può essere pienamente compreso ad una prima lettura; la scansione delle sue tavole segue regole solo sue, e perdersi tra i suoi disegni è davvero troppo facile. Per questo, come narrativa sequenziale è digeribile solo da chi abbia una grande esperienza di lettura. Sono i lettori avvezzi a fumetti d'ogni tipo quelli che meglio possono apprezzare la sua opera. Come questo suo capolavoro, versione personale d ...more
так красиво, что иногда отвлекает от самой истории
Syed Zeeshan Yunus
A wonderful take on the timeless tales that have enchanted generations of readers from all corners of the world.

Sergio Toppi has done great justice with the Arabian legends. The story line is kept simple and concise. The imagery and artwork is beautiful; dark as the tales themseleves, mysterious like the veiled beauties of the east. Going through the book feels like seeing a dream; one that was dreamt after falling asleep on your bed while someone read the tales to you.
This Book is an amazing work of art. The illustrations and the story come together in a perfect harmony. I was caught up in the 1000 and 1 night story from the beginning and couldn't make myself stop. The artwork is so unique and beautiful, that without a doubt I will find myself returning to see it again.
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