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Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati
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Dec 01, 09

bookshelves: italian-literature, graphic-novels

First off, the text isn't important. Orfi is a rockstar who goes to the underworld for his love, Eura. The plot clearly isn't important either; it's an acid and titties retelling of the Orpheus & Eurydice myth. Some (ok, most) of Orfi's songs are embarrassingly bad; however, each page looks like a 60s poster, lovingly created while blissed out on LSD. For no reason, Hades is a talking jacket. What Buzzati covers well is the exquisite pain of being alive, having to prosaically overcome ceaseless, petty obstacles that almost ruin your shit, juxaposed with the boredom of a static, death-filled eternity. Who's better off? Those in love, or at least boning away like rabbits; living, dead, or dying. Fellini-esque nudes try to sway the rocker away from his pursuit in all sorts of gimmicky framing shots: four pane time-lapse portraits, omniscient Wilhelm screams, and split panels. Poem Strip is a beautiful way to spend half an hour.
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