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De koorts van Urbicande (Les Cités obscures #2)

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Belgian artist Francois Schuiten, considered a master fantasy illustrator, is best known for his exquisite, technically rendered architecture. This prowess is showcased in Fever in Urbicand. Schuiten and long-time writing collaborator Benoit Peeters draft a fantastic tale of intrigue about a mysterious small cube that exponentially expands into an indestructible city-engul ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published 2001 by Casterman (first published January 1st 1984)
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Warwick
Nov 10, 2014 Warwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the most famous volume of the whole Cités obscures series, and the one where the creators really started to realise the potential of their project. Tonally, there is the same sense of a union of geometry, algebra, architecture, philosophy and sexuality; but visually, it's clear immediately that we are in a very different place from the first book. Each Obscure City, we are learning, is associated with its own architectural style, and with its own illustrative style, too, in the ...more
Philippe Malzieu
It is the history of an architect : Eugen ROBIK (tribute to Rubik). It is even more than an architect. Urbicande is a city located on two banks of a river. One is private of light, sinuous and populous. The other was organized by him in a right and rigorous way. He as even created brigades urbatectuales to take care of the maintenance of this architectural harmony. It is a perfect neo-classic organization. That makes me think of the architects of the French revolution, Ledoux, Lequeu and especia ...more
M.
Mar 03, 2010 M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix, 2010
This is incredible. I randomly encountered the Cites Obscure while reading an article about Martin Vaughn-James's The Cage, so I googled it and was immediately stunned by the artwork (architecturally detailed comics really get me off), so I requested the first 4 available in English from the library.

Upon reading this I am struck, mildly, by a sense of excitement that I felt 15 years ago when reading the "Myst" novels: the fantastic in here is seeped in fantasy, but not to the degree where it irr
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Ardee-El
I found it to be much more allegorical than the first book in the series. The nominal protagonist in this story, the architect Eugen Robick (or __urbatect__, if you prefer), begins by wanting to building a third bridge across the river, but he wants to do it for reasons of aesthetic symmetry__it has nothing to do with bringing both sides together. Yet at the same time he personifies the type of person who is constitutionally unable to make a link of any kind with any other person. You keep expec ...more
Helmut
Aug 11, 2013 Helmut rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Rubiks Würfel
Die Stadt Urbicande ist hochstrukturiert - alles ist geregelt, alles geplant, streng konzipiert. Das Stadtbild spiegelt sich darin wieder: Klare geometrische, symmetrische Strukturen. Dafür gibt es extra eine Art Stadtbaumeister, der sich um die Pflege dieser Stadt kümmert.

Aus dieser Vorabgeschichte sollte jedem klar sein, dass etwas passieren wird, was die reine Struktur dieser Stadt zerstören wird. Das "Fieber" der Stadt ist ein wachsender Gitterwürfel, der immer mehr von der Stad
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Nuno Ribeiro
Mar 21, 2016 Nuno Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book of "The Obscure Cities" has the power of a parabole. The narrative is so well constructed, that it feels (like the great dystopian classics and all sci-fi masterpieces) like a fable for grown ups. It has a timeless quality. And there is nothing I want to say about the story itself, because it could only serve as a spoiler. Except that this is another case of a perfect marrige of word and image. This story is told as much by Peeters' illustration as it is by Schuiten's writting.
Alex
Apr 26, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I was surprised that I actually really enjoyed this kind of crossover sci-fi/sociopolitical graphic novel. I also read it in French which impacted my enjoyment, but still worthy of 4 stars. Interesting comments on society, vague comments on dictatorships, separation of classes, and with enough sci-fi to be interesting without overwhelming.

{read 26/04/2015}
Karen Mardahl
May 17, 2015 Karen Mardahl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to be rather mind-blowing. This one was really amazing, but just slightly obscure for me, so I took off one star.

Update: No, I changed my mind. It gets 5 stars.
Travis
Interesting, od little sci-fi tale about how a small, mysterious box that changes an entire city.
Nice story and art, but it just kind of drifts along and doesn't so much end, as the author just stops.
Sacha Declomesnil
J'ai découvert les cités obscures avec ce tome. Yearlings a ago. Peeters et schuiten sont des Grands de la BD. Des maîtres. Un monument Inégalable.
Huicha
Dec 04, 2014 Huicha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obra maestra!
Bouilloire
Feb 07, 2015 Bouilloire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5/5
Ron
Aug 02, 2011 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most brilliant meditation on the nature of reality by these Dutch artists, rendered in stunning black and white. The story lends itself nicely to incredibly intricate and detailed line work, and there is an Escher-like quality to the story as it proceeds. One of the great imports from across the pond.
Mikael Kuoppala
Dec 23, 2011 Mikael Kuoppala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enigmatic mystery that engulfs you into the fascination of architecture, geometry and even cosmology, “Fever in Urbicand” enchants. A story about a cube that grows and ultimately engulfs a city might seem like a tedious one, but this tale is as surprisingly alive as the mysterious object itself.
Kars
Jan 04, 2015 Kars rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Read this while sick in bed with a fever (how fitting). The art is gorgeous, but the story is basically a drawn out exposure of one idea. I would've liked to have seen a bit more character development and drama.
Florin Pitea
Aug 19, 2013 Florin Pitea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent instalment in the series of Obscure Cities, with a powerful storyline and very ambitious graphics. Jules Verne meets Art Deco. Recommended.
Petroula
Aug 28, 2013 Petroula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best graphic novels I have read. Especially if you are interested in the role of the architect in society.
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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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