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In the Flesh: Stories

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  185 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
A graphic novel for the twenty-first-century featuring tales of tortured souls and tormented passion—brilliantly etched in words and striking visuals Some people fall in love, get married, and thrive in happy relationships—and then there are others. From Israeli enfant terrible Koren Shadmi comes a wickedly literate, darkly poetic, beautifully illustrated story collection ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Villard
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Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In the Flesh is a tough one to review. I waffled between two- and three-stars, largely because of the elegance of the artwork, which is fluid and expressive, and is what persuaded me to pick up the book in the first place. But then we get to the stories.

I had read the entire book before I realized the author was a man. The book centers on women, their fears and unique point of view about motherhood, sexuality, the physical verses the intellectual, etc. But the same themes when considered from a
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Excellent book of short vignettes about relationships told in a surreal way with a succinct and mature handling of the graphic medium. In fact one is left convinced that surrealism is the best way to communicate on many levels stories of human relationships. The drawing is superb, and though the stories are short, one feels the weight of their depth, as each section is a full and complete story that is quickly and easily assimilated. Superb!
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix, sexy
Weird, dream-like comics about sex and obsession. Some are creepy, some are heartbreaking. Some will hit way too close to home. All will haunt you long after you close the book.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
The art in the book is beautifully well done, it's also the reason I bought the book. However, I only give it 2 stars because the stories are about women that always leave men wanting or punishing them in some way. Some of the stories are really interesting, but this is probably not a book I will read again.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: loeg-archives
A collection of short, underbelly of life stories - an utterly forgettable and unimpressive compilation of well-drawn, but heartless and meaningless nonsense.
Liked the art style, but I wasn't too wild about the stories. I typically like "weird" books, but this was too much for me.
Michael Indiano
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pretty interesting look at sexuality through multiple short stories.
Sara Thompson
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Every now and again I think I should upgrade my reading and read something more adult oriented. Koren Shadmi's In The Flesh seemed to be something of interest and the themes of the graphic novel were more adult in nature. I have to admit that many adult oriented books disappoint me. I'm not talking erotic here, I'm talking about books that cater to those over the age of 18. You will note that I read a fair amount of YA and juvenile literature. It's not because I am incapable of reading at an adu ...more
Jul 28, 2011 added it
This book was boring, unoriginal, and pretty much just recited every sexist didactic trope about sex you can think of. Ooh look its a woman who is decapitated... for no particular purpose. Some people are wearing bags on their head - oh what an original way of representing that we don't always show our true faces! Or you know, not. The story about the girl who was clearly molested by her grandfather was really fucked -- blame the victim, how original!

Some of this just seemed melodramatic for the
Rachel Randall
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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Sabra Embury
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Glimpses of sexy, bizarre fetish-oriented vignettes make the "meat" of In the Flesh.

In Grandpa Minolta, a girl sunboils in a backyard as her grandpa summons her with his one good eye's attention; he wiggles his eager fingers, she sits on his lap, then *click; years later she visits again and pokes his stiff, bloated belly to make it pop--photos, negatives of her lips, her chest, her legs, burst all over the carpet of a deceased man who only blinked occasionally.

The other stories are slightly le
Neo Marshkga
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-others
Graphic Short stories are not my specialty at all, I'm way more into full on graphic novels or straight superhero comics but in had this around to read and decided to give it a try.
First thing that pops into my mind is depressing, and I mean it in the right way... The stories are cruel, dark and filled with an sick way of seeing reality, and that's the most interesting thing about them.
The bad thing is that it falls short of you compare it to Japanese mangas of the same kind, they are light ye
Chris L Rowan
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I gave this three stars for the beautiful artwork. The author as an artist is awesome. As a story teller, not so much. The stories all seem to follow the same basic story line. Two people partake of a physical relationship that is twisted in one way or another. By the end one of the two deeply regrets the situation. Often the art has nothing to do with the story. And in the case of "Grandpa Minolta" the story is about incest and child porn. I found that story especially hard to read. For the mos ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Pretty good. Another friend who read this said it's a rip off of Black Hole, which I haven't read. I liked it - I did think some of the stories were really good, but I sometimes felt like they ended with the predictable ending instead of something creative and innovative. I did like the art a lot (that's why I bought it), and I thought some of the concepts were, to me, very original. But the conclusion sometimes felt lacking for some of them, or just unsatisfying. There were a few really amazing ...more
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
"Nightmarish" is the word on the back cover that best describes this. A haunting collection of sometimes perverse fantastical love stories. There are several images, like the headless girlfriend or the last page in "Grandpa Minolta," that stick with you. It reminds me a bit of Demo, only the stories are much shorter, and always end terribly for the dude involved.
There are some duds, but on occasion, the storytelling of the comics is innovative, especially the story "Cruelty."
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: alternative comics lovers
Recommended to Nicole by: publisher's weekly
Fantastic book! I really like this one (hence the five stars). It's elegantly dark, surrealistic stories are beautifully drawn and will haunt you long after you put the book down. Short stories, lasting effect. I was particularly a fan of "Grandpa Minolta" which tells the story of a young girl who discovers her creepy grandfather (who has a camera instead of a head) has been taking questionable photographs of her all during her growing up. It's a definite recommendation for any alternative comic ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
No matter what anyone thinks about this book, objectively it was beautifully illustrated and expressed the confusion and often lonely side of being an individual trying to romantically fix that designation.
There are a couple stories that might make you want to step back and say "wtf" but even with those there is a conscious expression of sorrow, confusion and, again, loneliness.
A true modern Beat.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm sort of on the fence about this one. I guess it would be on the high side of 3 stars. But it was good. The drawings were good and a lot of the stories were too. Some of them were a little to weird. Still enjoyable though. Plus you can read it all in about half an hour. I think I just had different expectations. The cover and little plot synopses just made it seem like it would be different. Written different and have a different tone.
sweet pea
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
this keen book is filled with odd stories chronicling odd relationships. gazing grandpas, radioactive girlfriends, plushy love. rather than chronicle people on the fringes of society, Shadmi creates quirky situations and watches how the characters deal with them. often humorous, usually weird, the art draws you along - even through the stories that are so-so.
TJ Shelby
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Indy graphic novel that really would make more sense if you've dropped some acid and are either manic depressive and/or a sex addict.

Stories were pathetic, average at best. The art is the only thing thing that made this a 2 star, instead of a 1 star.

My advice, there are better ways to spend an hour.
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
An acceptable collection of short stories told as comics. There are some points in the collection that are really good; for the most part, the stories are pretty meh. There's really way too much sex in the stories for my taste, in general. But they're well drawn and he does interesting things with the way he tells his stories.
Stephen Kilpatrick
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I gave it a 3 because the art is pretty solid and creative. The messages that the author is trying to convey in some of the stories are opaque to me. I don't regret giving the pages a turn, but I'm happy it came through a library.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
depessing. sad. well done, but don't know why you would want to read the stories
Variaciones Enrojo
Recopilatorio de 10 historietas en blanco y negro.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not normally drawn to surrealism (I like clear analogies, clear symbolism) but I honestly enjoyed these little vignettes. Bizarre in a good way, at least for me.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
Not a fan. What the hell was this.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Somewhat over the top obvious visual metaphors but well done with a few surprises. Luckily not all relationships are like these! Hmmm, my son suggested it to me. I better make sure he knows that!
Nov 21, 2013 added it
Very strange.
Rocio Janschi
Fue raro leer esto. El mensaje de las historias es bastante claro en cada una, pero leerlo se sintió raro.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn
Appetites and hunger.
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Koren Shadmi is a Brooklyn Based illustrator and Cartoonist; he earned his degree in Illustration in 2006 from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His graphic novels have been published in France, Italy, Spain, Israel, and the US.
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