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Sharaz-De (Colecção Novela Gráfica #9)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  351 Ratings  ·  63 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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João Carlos

“Sharaz-De – Contos das Mil e Uma Noites” do artista plástico e ilustrador italiano Sergio Toppi (1932 – 2012) é mais uma excelente edição da colecção de Banda Desenhada “Novela Gráfica” do jornal Público em parceria com a editora Levoir publicada a 23 de Abril de 2015.
No prefácio da edição da Levoir/Público, João P. Boléo refere em relação a Sergio Toppi, que ”A sensibilidade, a atenção ao pormenor significativo, a qualidade literária, a densidade temática e a seriedade humanista estão present
Seth T.
May 01, 2013 Seth T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Aug 30, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jeff Jackson
Mar 05, 2016 Jeff Jackson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
These reimagined tales plucked from the Arabian Nights are intriguing, but the real attraction is Sergio Toppi's astonishing artwork. He combines design and storytelling in a way that eliminates the need for panels while still propelling the reader through time and space. His drawings are exquisitely detailed and expressive, balancing shadow and light, culture and costume, hallucination and reality.

The episodic narrative sort of evaporates at the end, but I've rounded up my rating for "Sharaz-De
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

Rufus Drool mouthing 'Open Sesame' is enough to send a girl mad...

Mili Avital ... Scheherezade
Alan Bates ... Storyteller
James Frain ... Schahzenan / Harun al-Rashid
Tchéky Karyo ... Black Coda (as Tcheky Karyo)
Jason Scott Lee ... Aladdin
John Leguizamo ... Genie of the Lamp / Genie of the Ring
Vanessa Mae ... Princess Zobeide
Dougray Scott ... Sultan Shahryar / Amin
Rufus Sewell ... Ali Baba
Jim Carter ... Ja'Far
Peter Guinness ... Chief Executioner
Hugh Quarshie ..
May 17, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
A magnificent adaptation of 1001 Arabian Nights.

In the land of Gowan-dab, a mighty king had two sons, Shahriyar and Shahzam'an. Longing to see his brother, Shahzam'an set out in haste to see Shahriyar; but, in his haste, left without the dagger his wife had given him. Upon realizing this he rode back quickly to find his wife in the arms of another man. Distraught, he kills her and her lover and sets back out on his original journey.

Shahriyar, recognizing his brother's peril, encourages him to ta
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
Jun 25, 2013 Mike Klein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2016 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, uit-eigen-wil
If I were to have any criticism on this book, it'd be that the amazing art distracts from the story.

May 13, 2015 Ricardo rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2015 Dov rated it really liked it
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
Henrique Vogado
May 07, 2015 Henrique Vogado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
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.
Sep 14, 2014 Pturingan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy
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
Oct 30, 2014 Deborahanndilley rated it it was amazing
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.
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Let me start by saying this: Scheherazade is one of my favorite fairytales. For those of you who don't know (and many don't; this one isn't as popular as the likes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty) Scheherazade is the teller of the 1,001 Arabian Nights. The term "1,001 Arabian Nights" itself comes from her story. Here is (briefly) how it goes: One upon a time, the king of a middle-eastern kingdom found out his wife had been unfaithful t
Maximiliano Maronna
Excellent Portuguese (Brazil) Edition:
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
Artur Coelho
Aug 04, 2015 Artur Coelho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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-
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
Jose Brox López
Oct 09, 2015 Jose Brox López rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amantes del buen dibujo y la ilustración gráfica, amantes de los cuentos
Shelves: fantasy, comic
El dibujo de Toppi es maravillosamente complejo: cada viñeta está construida con cientos de trazos de lápiz. Además cada personaje tiene su rostro propio, no solo perfectamente distinguible del del resto del elenco de la obra, sino con rasgos que permiten identificar aproximadamente su etnia, lo que añade un plus a la lectura, pues Sharaz-de habla siempre de "tierras lejanas", pero mientras que unas son moriscas, otras son claramente del África central, o alemanas, o del este asiático... y esto ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Tintaglia rated it it was amazing
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
Paula Cruz
Jun 03, 2016 Paula Cruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Li esta HQ paralelamente à leitura do livro d'As Mil e Uma Noites e notei que, por mais que as ilustrações do Toppi sejam UM ARRASO, algumas diferenças se perderam na tradução ou por causa da edição do livro original que ele se baseou. Não é um comentário negativo, apenas constato aqui que o livro é mais violento e tem bem mais baixaria, haha.

O Toppi tem classe, e cada página é um deleite aos olhos. Não tenho nem o que comentar da arte do cara, é surreal de linda e inteligente mesmo. Essas hach
Artur Coelho
May 18, 2013 Artur Coelho rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2014 Devero rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 17, 2012 Elia rated it it was ok
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
Morgane Zephyr
Dec 22, 2014 Morgane Zephyr rated it it was amazing
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.
the gift
beautiful art. some watercolours, mostly just ink. have never read the source but definitely writer found stories best for images. wonderful use of space, of closeup, of scenes, minimal dialog. sharp, varied, suggestive line, graphic shapes, internal hatching and lines follow shapes. moral fables often violent, but acts only implied, could see him illustrating more tales, alas he is gone... some graphic work to find...
Jan 19, 2013 Sense361 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
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.
The Atacama Desert
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.
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