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Mr. Abeels runs a flower shop about to enter modernity: imagine, through the miracle of plastics, flowers that never fade! His novelty is snatched up by the ambitious city planners of an all-new Brusel. No more lack of hygiene! No more dusty old buildings! All is razed and enormous new skyscrapers are erected at blistering speed! Never mind the disruptions and uprootings o ...more
Hardcover, 119 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing (first published 1992)
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Leonard Gaya
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brüsel est le cinquième album (si l’on met de côté les spin-offs) de la chronique des Cités obscures. En apparence, l’esthétique est plus réaliste, moins maniériste, que les premiers volumes : Brüsel apparaît d’abord comme une grande ville européenne de la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle, avec ses commerces, ses administrations, ses travaux et même ses panneaux publicitaires aux messages stupides.

Mais, très vite, le fleuriste dont on suit l’histoire, se rend compte que quelque chose ne tourne pas
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brüsel is the obscure city which most obviously parallels a city in our own world, and Brüsel is the album which is perhaps most directly a satire on the ‘real’ world.

The main target is ‘Brusselisation’ (bruxellisation), a term applied, in Wikipedia's apposite citation, to ‘the indiscriminate and careless introduction of modern high-rise buildings into gentrified neighbourhoods’. It takes its name from the way Brussels bulldozed half of its historic heritage in the 1950s so they could ‘modernise
John Pistelli
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my third visit to Franco-Belgian creators Schuiten and Peeters's Cités obscures. The series of graphic novels is currently difficult or impossible to read completely in English, as it has passed between several different publishers, leaving many of the volumes out of print and prohibitively expensive. (Only my rather scattered academic employment and my urban living situation, which together give me access to three good library systems, has allowed me to get this far into the series!)

Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
UN ahistoria loquísima al servicio de unas arquitecturas imposibles.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Patriotische Brüseler gegen die Modernisierung der Architektur
Die Stadt Brüsel hat genug von der Vergangenheit - die Zukunft, plastiziert und modernisiert, ruft! Raus mit den biologischen Pflanzen, her mit Kunststoffpalmen! Weg mit den alten Stuckgebäuden, setzt moderne, klare, funktionale Hochhäuser an ihren Platz! Der ehemalige Florist Abeels will mit diesen Gedanken mithalten. Doch je länger er sich in diesen neuen Häusern befindet und sich damit beschäftigt, umso kränker wird er, und alle um
Karen Mardahl
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great tale, but the intro by the author about Bruxelles was fascinating. I didn't know the history of Bruxelles in the late 180s and early 1900s. Peeters told us some history, and then he wove his illustrated tale. His tale on its own might have been too absurd. "This can't happen." Then, together with the prologue, you stop and shake your head. What is more absurd - reality or the tale. It's hard to tell! More brilliance from the team of Peeters and Schuiten..
Nuno R.
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Obscure Cities is BD/Comics at its best. This deserves a place in every history, study on the subject, or even personal dive into the world of graphic novels.
Smart drawings, poor story!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the subtle link between progress in surgery and construction as if the city was a patient and as usual the great scenery and compositions
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been fascinated recently to come across the work of some European graphic novelists that were completely unknown to me. Moebius is one that I have found fascinating, and this one also fits that category well. This is one of the Obscure Cities that was developed by Francois Schuiten and Bernard Peeters -- and note that I did not say that the book was developed by them. What they have done, with the help of many other people, is to develop a series of almost-but-not-quite real places that a ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it

There is actually a comics shop in downtown Brussels named after this volume, and I had assumed for some reason that it was originally in Dutch and a standalone tale. In fact it was originally in French (but I read the Dutch translation) and it's the fifth (at least; counts vary) in a series of works with the overall title Les Cités Obscures, which sort-of translates to "The Obscure Cities", set in a succession of parallel conurbations which are closely
Marc Bosch
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
En este volumen Schuiten-Peeters construyen una fábula sobre la voracidad del progreso y el lado oscuro de la modernidad. Para ello recurren al paralelismo entre la salud y la enfermedad de los habitantes y de la propia ciudad. El tránsito personal de Constant Abeels en este volumen es menos anímico o espiritual que el de otros protagonistas de otras ciudades oscuras pero las ilustraciones de Schuiten siguen siendo igual de maravillosas. Brüsel funciona sin duda como un buen espejo deformado de ...more
Rex Hurst
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published in French, this is a continuation of the Cities of the Fantastic series. It deals with a man who is trying to stay afloat in a city which is undergoing a vast transformation from a 19th century style of living to a futuristic model. It deals with vast issues of old versus new culture and the growing pains necessary to accomplish this. Neither the old nor the new has much to offer the main character in the way of spiritual wealth and it ends on a very "return to nature" momen ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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L'urbanisation galopante et absurde de Brüsel, l'administration kafkaïenne, des savants loufoques, un promoteur véreux et une histoire d'amour totalement improbable...

L'ensemble donne une excellente BD, centrée sur la ville de Brüsel bien sûr.

La fin au cours de laquelle Tina et Constant sont bien sûr réunis, est assez poétique, une forme de poésie un peu onirique et un peu surréaliste qu'on retrouve dans plusieurs autres épisodes.

Une lecture fortement recommandée
Giancarlo Pernarella
Surrealista. Historia absurda pero bella. Magnificamente dibujado.
Florin Pitea
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Corrupted politicians use back-door influence to demolish buildings of historical interest and drain funds with a sky-scraper building program in the imaginary city of Brüsel. Half satire, half comedy.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think I've lost the taste for these. The drawings are still beautiful, but I'm not all that interested in the "mystery" - pretty often no core and/or bureacracy.
Dec 14, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, geo-belgium
Interview met Francois Schuiten op Cobra (Schoonheid 12):
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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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