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Ciudad de cristal: Novela gráfica adaptada por Paul Karasik y David Mazzucchelli

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,712 Ratings  ·  324 Reviews
Novel about a novelist named Quinn who's mistaken for a detective named Paul Auster and loses his mind and identity in the course of a meaningless case
Paperback, 150 pages
Published January 28th 2006 by Anagrama
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Scott Mccloud
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only a fantastic, engrossing read, but also the most teachable comic I know. My students in a recent 9 week class took a deep dive into the book and found layers of depth even I was unaware of.

It's also an adaptation that's true to the original, but does much more than merely illustrate the text. It uses every tool in the comics toolbox.
May 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the original City of Glass, by paul auster, was a book that i enjoyed greatly when i first read it. i thought it was really unique, a thoughtful, stylish blend of raymond chandler, kafka, and borges. i still like it, but it hasn't aged that well for me. a lot of what i thought was playfulness now seems precious, facile. the prose is polished, but by the same token oddly eroded, flat, sanded down. often it feels like auster doesn't actually inhabit the english language--he reads like he's always ...more


Credo che fosse il 1991, l’anno in cui ho incontrato Paul Auster per la prima volta: La musica del caso.
E fu subito amore.
Amore grande: c’erano in Auster umori che in letteratura mi sembravano insoliti, fuori, e oltre, che all’epoca percepivo solo nel cinema (non per niente l’esperienza cinematografica di Auster è sostanziosa e fortunata).
Città di vetro era introvabile, così come la raccolta completa, la Trilogia di New York: fuori catalogo, e le biblio
João Carlos

5 Estrelas Gráficas

Li o romance ”A Trilogia de Nova Iorque” do escritor norte-americano Paul Auster (n. 1947) no início dos anos 90, uma obra inicialmente publicada em três partes (”Cidade de Vidro”, ”Fantasmas” e ”O Quarto Fechado”).
Decorridos mais de vinte anos começo a ler ”Cidade de Vidro”, uma ”novela gráfica”, adaptada por Paul Karasik (n. 1956) e David Mazzucchelli (n. 1960), sob os auspícios de Art Spiegelman (n. 1948).
A adaptação de um “bom” romance ao cinema é de tal forma comum que ra
This graphic novel was based on a novella by the same author and Comic Journals voted this in the top 100 for the 20th century. It's about a writer who takes on the role of his detective character to investigate a mystery but this choice sends him down a path of obsessive madness.

It blurs the line between reality and fantasy and even identity as the author of this tale finds himself changing roles, stories and overall identities. The voices coming out of objects and gradual changes and pullback
Mientras Leo
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pocas veces me he encontrado con una adaptación tan bien llevada pese a la dificultad de la obra original. Es casi más un complemento añadido que una adaptación
George Georgiadis
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamburger
Θα ήταν πραγματικά αδύνατον το οποιοδήποτε graphic novel να φτάσει τα βάθη και τις λογοτεχνικές κορυφές της νουβέλας του Auster. Παρ'όλα αυτά, στο συγκεκριμένο έχει γίνει εξαιρετική δουλειά τόσο στην εικονογράφηση όσο και στην προσπάθεια να κρατηθεί το ύφος και ο πυρήνας της ιστορίας του αυθεντικού κειμένου του Auster. Έτσι, το αποτέλεσμα αποζημιώνει και με το παραπάνω, κυρίως με τα εκπληκτικής ομορφιάς σκίτσα που καταφέρνουν να μετουσιώσουν σε εικόνες τα διάφορα περιστατικά που λαμβάνουν χώρα σ ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the original book, but the story seems so unbelievable that I doubt I would enjoy it as a novel.
The visuals of this graphic novel told the most interesting story, despite the loosely held together strings that are the existential plot. I didn't see the deconstruction of language in the story at all.
I would describe the adaption of City of Glass (and possibly the novel itself) as Film Noir for 13 year-olds.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact I remembered original novel (including ending, etc.) by Paul Auster, I enjoyed having one day with this comic and think that it is worth reading. Brilliant from the very beginning to the very last page. The ideas of climbing inside an imaginary skin of someone you don’t know, chasing the ghostly footsteps of unknown man, vanishing into the heart of megalopolis seem still catchy for me. While reading I remembered the first time I read novel ”City of Glass” and I loved the nostalg ...more
Casey McLaughlin
Pure masturbation. Lots of build up with no closure. Lazy. Reminded me of the show "Lost", the endless questions keep you going until you realize they have given you no answers. Perfect bookshelf filler for the pseudo-intellectual.
'La ciudad de cristal' es mi favorita de todas las cosas que ha escrito Paul Auster. Es también lo primero que leí de este escritor. Es la primera parte de la 'Trilogía de Nueva York' que a día de hoy me sigue pareciendo la única obra de Auster realmente conseguida. Es por esto que me animé a leer esta adaptación en forma de cómic (o novela gráfica, lo que ustedes prefieran). Una parte de mí no era muy optimista. Una parte de mí sólo quería leerlo para ver como este noble intento fracasaba. Sin ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most moving, weird, horrifying, heart-stopping graphic novels I've ever read, and there aren't many friends I'll be recommending it to- but I loved it.

I kept singing the Fionn Regan song that says, "For the loneliness you foster/ I suggest Paul Auster," as the book deals with the themes of language, names, identity, and how we use all those things to both reveal and conceal.

"Things have broken apart, and our words have not adapted. If we can't name a common object, how can we
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Se trata de una novela gráfica que relata el primer volumen de la Trilogía de Nueva York de Paul Auster, y editado por Anagrama.

Con un trazo sencillo y un tanto tosco, recorre la historia desde el punto de vista de su protagonista. Aparte de seguir la trama de forma bastante fidedigna, usa recursos muy imaginativos desde el punto de vista visual para hacer hablar a sus personajes y para describir ideas abstractas y confusas que aparecen en la narración original. Es además una oportunidad idónea
antónio alves
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: banda-desenhada
a adaptação para bd do texto de p. auster é muito boa. adorei!
Koen Verbrugge
Vreemd & bevreemdend. Dat is het verhaal. Het verhaal van Paul Auster, maar ook deze ambitieuze graphic novel versie.

Dit boek is ambitieus, omdat niet rust op letterlijke illustraties van het verhaal. De tekenaar ondersteunt de tekst met visuele verhalen die op zichzelf kunnen staan.

Dat merk je. Zo blijken passages met zeer statische 'vertellers', plots scènes vol visuele choreografie te ontlokken, met - wss - dezelfde ondertoon.

Ik kreeg meermaals het gevoel twee parallelle kunstwerken tegel
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university

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A mystery about a mystery which experiments with irony, identity and reality for an altogether unique reading experience.

Paul Auster cleverly combines contemporary detective fiction with nouveau roman and American ‘postmodernism’ –for a supremely singular story of philosophical premise and impaction. As the main protagonist descends into madness, being able to see clarity amidst the congested cityscape is imperative if one is to find themselves ‘on their feet’ when reaching the end.

It is the
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a pretty amazing graphic novel, and I definitely plan on reading the original City of Glass next. Concepts of identity, the role of the author in creating meaning, and the blurred line between fiction and reality are all present here, and explored in quite an intriguing way. I don't know how I felt about the ending, though. Maybe I just haven't thought about it enough, but it seemed too open-ended to me. In a way it makes sense, since this story is not a traditional narrative. ...more
Jeff Jackson
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The rare adaptation that exceeds its source material. A doubly impressive feat since it's based on Paul Auster's best novel. With its deft ink strokes and airtight plot, this brilliant graphic perfectly captures and distills the original existential detective story. One of the great graphic novels and a perfect introduction to the fictional world of Paul Auster, too.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: club-de-lectura
Metametametaliteratura. Perdón, metanovela gráfica.
Interesting comics adaptation of Auster's novel is very strong on graphic design. Karasik and Mazzucchelli do some remarkable work with layout and panel design, with mixing representational and symbolic art. It's a pleasure to look at. Narratively, though, this is a highly self-conscious and post-modern take on noir. It includes the expected elements--first-person narrative, femme fatale, long-hidden secrets, etc.--but it's not really interested in telling a story so much as exploring subjectivi ...more
Artur Coelho
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um solitário escritor de inconsequentes romances policiais recebe uma chamada a meio da noite, a pedir-lhe para investigar um caso policial. Envolvido numa trama de meias palavras e labirintos conceptuais, o escritor acaba por desvanecer-se nas ruas da cidade, deixando um caderninho cheio de notas que nos permite reconstituir a sua queda no esquecimento.

Se olharmos para as profundezas de um texto, descobrimos sempre cadas vez mais níveis de complexidade sempre que mergulhamos mais a fundo nas pa
Kat Stromquist
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eerie and compelling.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was supposed to read the book but accidentally borrowed the graphic novel from the library haha. it's pretty symbolic and at times confusing but i for one really liked the art style and how it added to the story. short and impressive i guess.
3.5/5 stars
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡No creía que me iba a gustar tanto! Pero sí me gustó a pesar de que el estilo de Paul Auster no es uno de mis estilos favoritos. ¡De verdad que me impresionó!  
Bob Redmond
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphica
Auster's first novel proves exponentially more risky and rewarding than almost anything he's written since. A tightly-wound postmodern detective story, its subject is language itself.

In short, a wrong number leads to writer Daniel Quinn taking on a case as a private eye. The subject of his investigation is a doddering old man who has threatened to kill his son. The old man, Peter Stillman, Sr., is a philosopher, and impresses Quinn to the point where he gets overly subsumed in the case.

Whether o
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
City of Glass or The New Babel is a pain in the ass for anyone who wants to find some meanings in life.

The story is about a crime fiction writer accidentally receives a random phone call from a woman, having mistaken himself as another person named Paul Auster (a.k.a. the writer of this novel!?), to do the mysterious case with strange people involved. I can't say anything about the sub-sequential events after that. For me, it could be read like a post-modern detective novel. Beneath the surface
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
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Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I was a little surprised to see this on the "Graphic Novel" bookcase at the library--because I'm still not convinced it needed to be re-writeen in comic form--but as thin as it is, I decided to check it out. I liked Auster's original City of Glass, but looking back that may have been because I was reading it for a class on Post-Modernism and was going to have to discuss it for 3 weeks anyway so I figured I might as well try and enjoy it.

This book was a fine read; my only reservation is that it
There was nothing he could do now that would not be a mistake.

The Beginning: It was a wrong number that started it …

I read Paul Auster’s City of Glass about 10 years ago and loved it! It’s the story about an author whose life has come to a halt after losing his wife and son in an accident. A series of weird phone calls asking for Paul Auster awakens him slightly, and suddenly he finds himself ensnarled in an investigation. He becomes so involved that he loses whatever’s left of his life as h
Alexandra Wall
This graphic novel is a fun read, playing with the notion of identity and language being intertwined; the main character takes on other imagined personas simply by changing his name. Common to the original author, Paul Auster, City of Glass uses the premise of a classic detective story; the noir aesthetic is intriguing but could be expanded upon in its graphic novel format, practically begging for more illustrious artwork to enhance the meaning of the text. Readers will see quick, rapid use of s ...more
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