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The Man Who Grew His Beard by Olivier Schrauwen
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Sep 07, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: comics-and-comix
Read on September 07, 2012

A bizarre, perplexing, and brilliant book. Kind of reminded me of Christin and Bilal's Townscapes, in that the stories have no visible continuity with each other, but all feature a similar-looking character: the eponymous bearded man. In one story he's a sensitive explorer who has some rough times in Africa, in another he's a lecherous self-styled adventure hero who can convince horses to grow wings, or a guru who discovers the ink from which humanity sprung. The ambiguity of whether they're the same character at all, as well as the almost complete lack of conventional narrative or resolution, will definitely not connect with everyone. I, however, think this is a small work of genius.

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