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Corto Maltese: La ballade de la mer salée (Corto Maltese #2)

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Costume de marin, cheveux bruns, anneau à l'oreille gauche. La silhouette élancée et élégante. Une lueur d'amusement et d'ironie bienveillante dans le regard. L'air de se tenir à distance. L'art d'observer choses et gens avec détachement. Certains le disent pirate. Lui se prétend gentilhomme de fortune... Ainsi apparaît Corto Maltese, fils d'une gitane andalouse et d'un ma ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Casterman (first published 1967)
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May 29, 2016 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have been hearing good things about Hugo Pratt, yet I was still surprised by how much I enjoyed the adventures of his hero, Corto Maltese, in this first album, set in the early years on World War I among the exotic islands of the South Pacific. I have come across a quote by Bill Bryson in a travel book I finished only a couple of weeks ago that seems appropriate her: Bill visits the Maritime Museum in Liverpool, and laments the passing of the age of sail and discovery. "Once there was infinite
Michael Finocchiaro
One of the greatest graphic novels ever by the Italian Hugo Pratt, The Ballad on the Salt Sea is a beautiful black and white inked comic with the swashbuckling dark and handsome mercenary sailor Corto Maltese with his alter-ego Rasputin. The art and text are both Pratt's. I saw an expo here in Paris where they filled an entire room of the handwritten proofs for the book - total nerdgasm. This is probably my favorite Corto tale, but use it as a gateway into his mysterious but amazing world. An ab ...more
Γιώργος Μπέλκος
Δεν με παρέσυρε το συγκεκριμένο. Απουσιάζει ενα σαφές ψυχογράφημα των χαρακτήρων, και εξαιτίας αυτής της απουσίας η ιστορία παρουσιάζει νοητικά κενά και άλματα. Όπως πληροφορήθηκα ειναι το πρωτο κόμικ στο οποίο πρωτοεμφανίζεται ο Κορτο Μαλτεζε και προφανώς ο Hugo δεν ειχε καταλήξει με σαφήνεια στο ποιος χαρακτήρας θα πρωταγωνιστήσει, και αυτό φαίνεται. Πολλές φορές οι διάλογοι κουράζουν και σε μερικά σημεία υπάρχει πολυλογία. Για κάποιο λόγο ομως σε κάνει να θέλεις να διαβάσεις και αλλες ιστορίε ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
La isla bonita?
Mein größter Kritikpunkt an der Fassung, die ich früher schon gelesen hatte, war die Übersetzung, die aus dem Comic ein sprachdebiles Kuriosum machte. Da muss man dann halt auch mal die französische Originalfassung lesen, dachte ich. Falsch gedacht - auch die französische Fassung ist eine Übersetzung, nämlich die des italienischen Originals. Bei Hugo Pratt ist es einfach manchmal schwer herauszufinden, ob das Original in italienisch oder französisch geschrieben wurde. Letztlich is
David Schaafsma
I read this because Hugo Pratt and his Corto Maltese were and continue to be hugely famous in Europe, and are almost unknown here, not much has been available. So it's classic comics history. And this is a substantial graphic novel, surprisingly long for the kind of tale it is. Corto Maltese is a privateer/pirate in this 1967 introduction to him, set in 1914 in the Pacific, and involves swashbuckling type adventure characters such as a guy named Rasputin, Monk, shipwrecks, kidnapping… its an adv ...more
Rui Alves de Sousa
Mar 23, 2016 Rui Alves de Sousa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Um dos maiores colossos da história da BD, e possivelmente, uma das grandes histórias da literatura do século XX, no que aparentemente se assemelha a uma "simples" história de piratas. É sempre um prazer regressar ao universo de Corto Maltese, e reler este álbum em particular.
Mar 31, 2017 Cancerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ja definitivno nisam osoba koja je imala neke neostvarene, dečačke snove za kojim bih žudeo da se obistine u nekom trenutku ali čitanje i upotpunjavanje kolekcije knjiga i stripova "Korto Malteze" serijalom predstavlja jedan veliki izuzetak. Jedina dostupna izdanja su bila ili preskupa ili nedovoljno tretirana s poštovanjem koji je uticao na njihov spoljni izgled a prvi tekst koji sam pročitao o Prattu, pre nekih desetak godina, mi u startu nije dao mira da se jednostavno pomirim i prihvatim kak ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Corto Maltese is the eponymous character of a series of adventure stories by the late Italian comic book master, Hugo Pratt. Translated into English from French in a few scattered volumes here and there throughout the decades, it seems that the legendary Mr. Pratt’s most famous creation is finally getting the treatment he deserves with what should hopefully be a series of high quality English graphic novels collecting all of Maltese’s adventures. This book, ‘The Ballad of the Salt Sea’, is not c ...more
Aug 11, 2008 AurelioZen rated it it was amazing
I had read a lot of european comics before I bought this, but this was the first graphic novel. I was captivated from the start.

One out of four books I consider as essential for the person I have become. The other three are George Orwell's "Homage to Catalunia", John Fowles' "The Magus" and Michael Dibdin's "Cabal".
Sto cercando l'opzione sei stelline ma non la trovo.
Mar 31, 2014 alana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hugo Pratt’s work is gorgeous! When I lived in France, I was too poor to buy copies of his bande dessinée so I collected postcards of his work to decorate my walls. This is the first Corto Maltese story that I have read. Rating the book on looks alone, I’d give it four stars. However, the story lost me a bit and would warrant a two (I know, scandal!).

Corto Maltese is a not entirely trustworthy, but fairly likeable pirate whose Ballad of the Salt Sea finds him in the islands north of Australia j
Philippe Malzieu
Feb 06, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing
Hugo Pratt, is like Lorenzo da Ponte, the Mozart librettist a Jew of the Venetian ghetto.
In "fables of Venise" , he pays homage to the hidden courtyard where is learned Hebrew and 22 alphabet letters tells you an history.
I read all his books, but I choose this one because it's the first one. I was young when I read it and I was perplexed. It was not usual to read black and white pitcures. Obviously he was influenced by the comics American and especially Milton Caniff.
I saw the original boards at
Oct 10, 2015 Kim added it
Shelves: europe
re-scaled & re-structured translation version (not the new IDW one) hurts the work and shows how important page and format is in comics
Jan 08, 2017 Ludmilla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 kitabını okudum corto maltese'in ama sevemedim. şansa tüm seriyi de almışım. neyse sıkılırsam bir kere daha denerim.
Nov 19, 2015 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved, loved, loved! Love Corto Maltese!!!!!
Alex Panagiotopoulos
Jun 19, 2017 Alex Panagiotopoulos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Είχα διαβάσει μερικά λίγα του Κόρτο. Και είχα πάντα στο μυαλό μου έτσι αόριστα και γενικά ότι ο Πράττ είναι ιδιοφυΐα και ότι πρέπει να θεωρώ τα κόμικ του αριστουργήματα γιατί έτσι, με επίκεντρο αυτό. Χμ, πολύ δύσκολα. Καλό, χρυσό, έξυπνη υπόθεση, σίγουρα ένα από τα καλά κόμικ με αρκετά αρχάριο (σε σχέση με άλλα του ίδιου) σχέδιο. Και ναι, έχω την hc φωτοτυπημένη έκδοση. Και ναι, έλαβα υπόψιν ότι είναι θαμπό λόγω εκτύπωσης. Ναι, επιμένω ότι το σχέδιο είναι συμπαθητικό, το πολύ. :D

Φαίνεται ότι ο
Ed Correa
Nov 23, 2016 Ed Correa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia que va creciendo en calidad conforme avanza, en todo sentido.
Es sorprendente ver la historia se va armando de una forma sencilla pero sin detenerse; y aunque por ratos parece complicada termine resolviéndose de manera simple y ágil. Incluso el dibujo cambia, se simplifica y mejora; se nota que Pratt fue encontrando su propio estilo mientras depuraba la línea de Corto. Aún así, el arte es lo más flojo de la obra, pero en mucho en víctima de su propio tiempo. LO mejor: los diálogos,
Jan 24, 2017 Iseeadarkness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esistono i capolavori? Sì. Questa storia è un capolavoro. E non c'è nient'altro da aggiungere.
Levi Amichai
rec by Simon!
Mar 04, 2017 Sche rated it really liked it
Une aventure dans le Pacifique qui intègre le personnage de Corto Maltese et du Moine, au beau milieu de la première guerre mondiale ...
Simon Chadwick
Jan 26, 2014 Simon Chadwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I visited the Tintin Museum near Brussels a couple of years ago and nearby was a comic shop chock-full of European graphic albums. What was visually striking about the place was that the back wall was completely covered with comic-related prints, and the vast majority of these was of a character I knew pretty much nothing about, Corto Maltese, but clearly, in Belgium at least, he was a very popular bloke. After reading a couple of Hugo Pratt stories last year illustrated by Milo Manara I thought ...more
Ryan Scicluna
After reading some short collected stories of the famous pirate Corto Maltese, I decided that I should read one of his most famous adventures. ‘The Ballad of the Salt Sea’ is set in the Pacific Ocean in the early 20th century, and right from the start you realise that this is not a typical pirate story.

This book was released in 1967. Though many of the famous American comics of that period are still brilliant to this day, it is undeniable that they’ve dated, and that it might be hard to introdu
Apr 02, 2015 Camille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphique
Mon objectif principal, cette année, est de diversifier mes lectures ; et j'ai deux genres de livres, quasiment inconnus, en ligne de mire : le livre de cuisine, et la bande dessinée.

Alors, au moment de rattraper mon retard colossal en bandes dessinées, forcément, je tombe sur Corto Maltese. J'ai accompli l'exploit de grandir à côté d'une bibliothèque contenant l'intégrale de Hugo Pratt, et même d'aller à une exposition sur Hugo Pratt à la Pinacothèque un jour, sans jamais avoir ouvert un Corto
Restée un tantinet sur ma faim lors de ma première approche avec un autre roman signé Marco Steiner sur Corto Maltese, j'espère beaucoup avec celui-ci. Comme il est signé par le défunt géniteur du héros, je me dis que j'emprunte des sentiers plus balisés, plus sûrs.
Me voilà donc lancée et c'est un Corto Maltese enfant (10 ans) qui me prend par la main.
Très vite par la suite, c'est un jeune homme qui prend le relais et je me suis dis : les choses sérieuses commencent.

Beaucoup de descriptions p
Mar 11, 2013 Helmut rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Gruslige Übersetzung
Über zwei Dinge sollte man sich im klaren sein, wenn man darüber nachdenkt, sich dieses Buch zuzulegen.

Erstens, die Handlung ist, wie einige meiner Vorredner bereits bemerkten, stellenweise langatmig, ich würde es fast zäh nennen. Es ist definitiv kein Comic für zwischendurch.

Zweitens, die Übersetzung ist absolut unterirdisch. Ich kenne das Original nicht, kann mir aber absolut nicht vorstellen, dass ein Comicautor, der sich so mit einer Zeit und Umgebung befasst, so extrem
Feb 12, 2014 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justok
I figure I should have liked this more, but it just has too many flaws to count. Most of it is probably the fault of the publisher. The translation seems clunky and labored. Panels and speech bubbles seem to have been moved to accommodate for the book format. A character could be conducting some monologue inside their head or for a disinterested audience, the thought will be cut off in the middle of the word and continued on the next panel. I doubt that Pratt did this, but I have never seen anot ...more
May 12, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
(Commenting on the black-and-white edition.) The artwork is first rate, unique in a haunting way (though its level is not kept up throughout the pages, some frames feeling less perfectly drawn than others). That alone is a reason to discover Corto Maltese (but make sure you get one of the large-page editions, to really make the most of it).

The script, on the other hand, is generally disappointing. It may have been complex for the times (not sure about that), but it looks a bit superficial now, t
Apr 11, 2016 Zac rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-comics
I didn’t quite get the appeal of this one, though it was once recommended to me by an Italian comic-lover, and appears in the ‘1001 comics…’ book. The illustrations were pretty simple and did not really advance the story as there were a lot of static, talking heads. The translation and lettering perhaps could have been better. It reads like a bit of a boys’ pulpy adventure novel, with swashbuckling adventure on the high seas and even the briefest appearance of a giant octopus. The story is actua ...more
Alex Sarll
First time I've ever read the allegedly classic series. Hugo Pratt (Italian, as if the name didn't make that clear) is beloved of everyone from Frank Miller to Umberto Eco, but he doesn't do it for me. The art is beautiful in places - like a more primitive version of Pratt's sometime collaborator Manara, with the waves making me want to dive into the page. But the faces are erratic, with features sometimes going for a wander, and the non-white characters often dancing on the edge of sterotype. A ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Miles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
An enjoyable adventure story taking place in the South Pacific in 1915, told in graphic novel format. It's not clear, but it feels like these were comics that appeared in newspapers, or some kind of magazine insert. The story is fun, but very convoluted, and the format leads it to be repetitive at times. Still, the artwork is occasionally sublime, feeling like Alex Toth taking to the high seas. Corto Maltese is a fun character, a pirate with a heart of gold, operating in a fascinating place (the ...more
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