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The Invisible Frontier, Volume 1 (Les Cités obscures #12.1)

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Even before fully finishing his degree, the brilliant young Roland is offered a job in the Center for Cartography of Sodrovno-Voldachia. Roland, who must, like his colleagues, live almost like a recluse within the huge center, meets a mysterious young woman whose body seems covered with strange lines which he can barely perceive. Soon, the Center is visited by Marshal Radi ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 28th 2002 by Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing (first published 2002)
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Steve Smith
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading Brian Selznick's THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRAY and seeing the film it inspired, HUGO, I felt inspired to reexplore the fantastic so I went to my bookshelf and pulled out THE INVISIBLE FRONTIER VOL 1 & 2 by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten.

What followed was a weekend of sitting in a comfy chair with several "freshen ups" of Diet Coke and a very bittersweet conclusion for me.

The Invisible Frontier, or La Frontière Invisible in its' original French, is a confused love/obsession story
Mauricio Díaz
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maravilloso el arte de Schuiten. La historia es fantástica, como ya nos tienen acostumbrado la dupla Schuiten y Peeters. Lo que veo de novedoso en esta historia es, por un lado, la ausencia de cajas de texto y, en su reemplazo, el uso de las calles entre viñetas para ello. Por otro lado, desde lo artítico visual, me sorprende cómo ilumina los crepúsculos.
Añoro la edición en un sólo tomo en español de esta historia.
Blanka Rota
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitivamente mi titulo preferido de la serie, la historia es una metáfora muy cercana de una realidad cada vez mas presente, la historia me pareció increíble, los dibujos son como siempre asquerosamente excelentes, amo este libro.
Tom Loock
Ich zähle mich seit fast 30 Jahren zu den vielen Fans von Schuiten und Peeters und ganz besonders deren Serie "Die geheimnisvollen Städte" (Les Cités obscures) zu denen dieser (Sammel-)Band zählt.

Natürlich(?) schätze ich ganz besonders die architektonisch beeindruckenden Zeichnungen, die man sich immer wieder und ausführlich ansehen kann. Die Story? Na ja, da muss man schon ein paar Konventionen über Bord werfen und sich, sagen wir mal 'einlesen'.

Daher würde ich diesen Band – so gut er auch ist
Artur Coelho
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
O carácter borgesiano e new weird dos argumentos de Schuiten, por atraente, poético e surreal que sejam, sempre ficou em segundo plano para o espantoso olho de Peeters para a arquitectura imaginária na série Cidades Invisíveis. Este livro é um exemplo típico. Se a história nos mergulha num mundo de realismo difuso com a história de um jovem geógrafo que atravessa desertos para se instalar num instituto de geografia dividido entre maneiras antigas e novas de mapear o mundo e se apaixona por uma p ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A nerdy cartographer arrives at his job, a massive dome in the middle of nowhere (year: 761), and gets situated in a map-making organization that's been either co-opted or rendered useless. The "industrial design" and location of this comic (terrestrial but obviously not in our known timeline) are a saner version of the Codex Seraphinianus, filled with warmth, mass, and tension. Memorable, beautiful, unique.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The artwork in this series is in a special class. Winsor McCay comes to mind, but with a touch of the engraver to create a more serious atmosphere. The themes are mature and plot not immediately obvious, which is refreshing. At the end of reading Vol. 1 I was left really wanting to know where this story is going. I am pleased that there is a Kickstarter campaign to insure that other material by this artist/writer team is available in English translation.
Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
Reminded me of Waiting for the Barbarians. Not quite as bloody but the storylines are similar, which kind of made me anticipate exactly what would happen as the story unfolded. Visually the book is ridiculously amazing!
Florin Pitea
A worthy addition to the series of Obscure Cities. Kafka meets Borges.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Do you know what was the crazy thing?

It was that I read it in French and could understand no more than three sentences!
Scott Kleinpeter
As if Borges wrote a children's book for twenty-somethings.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reminds me of my adventures in education and adventures on my travels.
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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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