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The Realist

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Acclaimed Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka‘s weekly strips collected into one volume and translated into English for the first time.

In 2010, Israeli newspaper The Calcalist asked Hanuka, already well known in Israel as a commercial illustrator and as a contributor to the animated film Waltz With Bashir, for a weekly comic strip. The first of the autobiographical strips chron
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Archaia (first published May 25th 2012)
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The Realist is a weekly comic strip collection, unfolding Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka's portrait of contemporary life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

This year I've taken on the task of, slowly but surely, familiarizing my way through a number of Israeli authors. Hanuka's comics looked like the perfect component. His work seemed at first glance like an illustrated version of Etgar Keret's short story styl
Sam Quixote
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
The Realist is a collection of Asaf Hanuka’s weekly strips from Israeli newspaper The Calcalist, translated into English for the first time.

They’re all a page long and mostly autobiographical, focusing on Hanuka’s fears, neuroses and insecurities, his Polish wife and their infant son, and life in Tel Aviv. Tonally they’re a mix of wry observational humour, magical realism, self-deprecating goofiness, and sober commentary.

In one strip his car’s in the shop, bloody intestines leaking out of the
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A fun look at parenting - still gorgeous, though a bit rougher and looser in style than what the Hanuka brothers are usually known for, which makes these humorous and thoughtful (semi?)autobiographical shorts feel more personal and real.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A collection of Hanuka's weekly comic strip for the last several years. It's a series of one page musings on life in Tel Aviv, family, and money, sometimes surreal. The ones I liked best were the one panel stories that used metaphors to tell the story. Hunaka's art is fantastic. I'd love to see him do a monthly book.
Stewart Tame
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to make of this at first. The title is both descriptive and ironic at the same time, which sums up Hanuka's work pretty nicely, I think. This is a collection of weekly strips that, while somewhat autobiographical in nature, also contain elements of fantasy and surrealism. Hanuka freely mixes allegory with actual events to create a blend that reads as some sort of higher reality. For example, in, "Handy Man," we have a single page illustration of Hanuka up on a step ladder hang ...more
David Schaafsma
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-memoir, art-comics
A collection of weekly strips that is both interesting and uneven, as you might expect from a collection. The focus is on life in Tel Aviv, struggles with money, and mainly about parenting, with neuroses and self deprecation. I think it seems unique and sort of surreal in places, where anxiety erupts into crazy paranoia, but on the whole he is trying to make fun of himself, be funny about his stressed out life. I thought it was all right, I liked it, wasn't blown away by it. Maybe if I read more ...more
Artur Coelho
Utilizar a BD como crónica de costumes, utilizando a vida pessoal do autor como ponto de partida para, em modo biográfico, retratar a sociedade que o rodeia, tem sido uma das principais vertentes do género. Sem puxar muito pela memória, Crumb, Spiegelman, Pekar ou Delisle são alguns dos expoentes desta vertente. Não é um estilo que me atraia muito, precisamente devido ao forte cunho pessoal destas obras. Têm um foco algo umbiguista, de exploração de neuroses e dramas pessoais, que sendo totalmen ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hanuka descobre-se a si mesmo através de episódios de cariz pessoal, centrados nas suas responsabilidades como pai, marido e cidadão israelita. Para quem vive numa sociedade pacífica e sem inimigos declarados, uma obra deste cariz permite relembrar que, apesar do satisfatório nível de vida do protagonista, existem dilemas para os quais um cidadão não está nem deveria ter a obrigação de estar preparado. Uma sociedade em permanente alerta militar envereda sempre na direção da intolerância e leva a ...more
Pedro Alhinho
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cada prancha uma historia. no conjunto retrato cruel da condicao do homem comum contemporaneo. despudoradamente franco. a rever.
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another collection of work that is in exactly the right medium. i can see these as strips, as autobiographical overarching structure, of surrealist take on the ordinary life of an ordinary man- with wife, kids, city, history, that is easy to read, comic, satirical, funny and sad. there are some takes that use images to tell an angle that could not otherwise be shown eg. fun with facebook likes, comments, trying to understand underground art, other life of waiting impatiently for coffee relative ...more
Appreciated the insight into everyday Israeli life, but wished there were dates on the strips so I could connect real-life events with what was being depicted in the strips. I felt like I was missing that piece of experiencing the stories as they were published, in a very specific time and place. Of course, not everything was like this, and the strips that relied less on outside knowledge were much more enjoyable. The artwork is surprisingly detailed for this type of strip, and the coloring adds ...more
Berna Labourdette
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Otra estupenda sorpresa. Conocía el trabajo gráfico de Hanuka por la novela gráfica basada en la estupenda Pizzeria Kamikaze de Etgar Keret, pero en esta oportunidad me encontré con un montón de tiras cómicas sobre su vida como dibujante, su familia y distintos temas, tocados de manera muy humana, llena de humor negro, además en un estilo muy dinámico y limpio.
Asaf dear, you are a genius.
I don't know why I found pieces of me in this collection when we couldn't be further apart.
Nevertheless this is brilliant.
Both thumbs up.
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
It's always interesting to read biographical comics and from an Israeli comic book maker no less. The Realist consists of strips that center around Hanuka's life, but there's hardly any plot or even a theme. Mostly it's just slightly vague and sporadic, which kind of eats the value of interest. Mostly I was interested in the political setting of Israel, but sadly so the comic avoids it almost totally unless you count the probable looming war and what happens in the news. The comic is more about ...more
Agnieszka Czoska
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Asaf Hanuka (znany nam z Walca z Baszirem) mieszka w Izraelu i, jak wiele wrażliwych osób, ma sporo problemów z tamtejszą rzeczywistością. Ciągłe zagrożenie, agresywny nacjonalizm (to znaczy: polityka bezpieczeństwa), bezlitośnie windowane ceny mieszkań, jedzenia, produktów higienicznych… Jak widać, nie tylko nadwrażliwcy mogą sobie z tym słabo radzić. Hanuka zawarł wszystkie te mniej czy bardziej egzystencjalne niepokoje w The Realist, zbiorze komiksowych paneli (od pojedynczych obrazków do 9-k ...more
Wayne McCoy
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
'The Realist' by Asaf Hanunka is a graphic novel. It's a series of weekly strips he created for an Israeli paper called the Calcalist.

The strips are about Hanuka, his wife, and their young son. It's their life in Tel Aviv as they look for a new place to live. Some strips have a surreal quality. There are strips about people worried about bombings and leaving the city. There are strips about marriage and raising a child. There are also full page drawings, like one that shows the apartment they ar
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this book.

This is mainly a collection of one page comics- or very short stories, with various themes. Some of them I really liked, but a lot of them I just didn't understand. It had a good mix of some pages with very minimal or no text, and then some pages where the text was quite important and it told a story alongside the pictures. I thought some of the comics were too short to really get anything from before you go onto the next one- and I feel lik
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
While not entirely my cup of tea in terms of style and content, the artistry in this book was remarkable. Most of the book is single panel, full-page images or one-page comic strips. There was a 10-page science fictional/political story, as well as a few other odd pieces, but most of the stories are realist/surrealist blends of a version of the artist's own life.
This is one of those weird cases where I might not read his other work on the basis of this one, but I would definitely recommend it to
Dakota Morgan
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hanuka is a skilled observer of the world and manages to wring dry, often painful humor from daily life. Daily life in Israel, that is, so many of his comics feature bombings and the spectre of war. Fun stuff! Hanuka also seems to have an extremely strange relationship with his wife and son, but maybe I was reading too much into the reality of his work and should have taken it with a grain of salt?

Regardless, it seemed like for every comic that landed humorously or thoughtfully, there were a do
Sunny Carito
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading the Hanuka twins' work for well over a decade. This series of comic strips are beautiful, chilling, and hilarious, sometimes all in the same page. I loved reading it as much for its eye-witness look at life in a war-ravaged city as for its day-to-day domestic issues. As much of a fan as I already was, I can't believe how good this collection is.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this in the original Hebrew. Hanuka's life & musings is representative of a very specific type of Israeli—the Tel Aviv lefty-so it's fascinating how this very specific outlook which colors all his observations, can still have universal appeal. The art is fantastic & original. Despite the repetitive nature of the themes he covers & his somewhat annoying ennui & despairing outlook on life, it's definitely worth a read.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
via NYPL - A magnificent collection of one-page, weekly strips that chronicle the financial, cultural and familial struggles of cartoonist Asaf Hanuka. Hanuka's ability to move between harsh realism and allegory, heartache and triumphant love, with beautiful illustrations and complex humanity make this a book well worth seeking out. You'll see yourself reflected everywhere in this one.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Beautiful to look at

The illustrations were so beautiful to look at. It's not a graphic novel with continuity. It contains pages that are taken from or inspired from the author's daily life. Another kindle unlimited find :)
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
terrific drawing, dizzy-making visual imagination, applied to the daily minutiae of a not very interesting or likeable person.
i wonder how this read as a weekly strip--as a collected book it's a little wearying.
Laughing Man
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Quite the artistic journey, nothing too much of interesting to read about. Asaf's life is boring, his art style is amazing.
Lori A.Snyder
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best comic graphics illustrator of all time. Abstract self portraits and the tragedies of real life work, marriage, parenting with fantasy like emotional escape. This is an amazing talent.
Hadas Zilbershtein
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
כשמו כך הוא-אמיתי.מלא בדברים שקורים לאב צעיר ואשתו יחד עם ילדיו.
Pedro Alexandre
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what a masterpiece
Ian Carpenter
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful art, and a wit to match it all. Hanuka's incredible and cracks me up just as often as he makes my heart ache.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

O autor nascido em Israel apresenta aqui uma série de episódios quotidianos, caseiros e pessoais onde espelha as preocupações mais comuns, os seus medos, obsessões e receios, bem como os altos e baixos de um relacionamento e do convívio familiar. De prancha em prancha vamos assistindo a cenas cómicas, deprimentes ou simplesmente rotineiras e por isso familiares e envolventes.

Entre despesas que sobem rapidamente e parecem fugir ao controlo do autor e um cas
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