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A set of tales inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights, European comics master Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-de explores a barbaric society where the supernatural is the only remedy to injustice.

The lovely Sharaz-de, captive to a cruel and despotic king, must each night spin tales to entertain her master and save her head from the executioner. Her tales are filled with evil spirits, treas
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 13th 2012 (first published 1984)
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João Carlos

“Sharaz-De – Contos das Mil e Uma Noites” do artista plástico e ilustrador italiano Sergio Toppi (1932 – 2012) é mais uma excelente edição da colecção de Banda Desenhada “Novela Gráfica” do jornal Público em parceria com a editora Levoir publicada a 23 de Abril de 2015.
No prefácio da edição da Levoir/Público, João P. Boléo refere em relação a Sergio Toppi, que ”A sensibilidade, a atenção ao pormenor significativo, a qualidade literária, a densidade temática e a seriedade humanista estão present
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Seth T.
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm an artist and the son of an artist. I don't have a lot of work to show for the title—being mostly employed in web design, I only have a little bit of illustration work for online magazines still extant. But my father, he was a career artist in the real sense—in the sense that he produced physical objects of art. Ceramics and Chinese brush painting. The point is: we're both all about the aesthetic value of human creations, no matter the medium. He likes my work and I like his and whenever one ...more
antónio alves
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: banda-desenhada
dizem que é uma novela gráfica.
cá pra mim é uma epopeia gráfica! :)

deslumbrante
Chris
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Arabian Nights
Disclaimer: Copy received via Netgalley

Did you ever see the old Sinbad movies? Maybe the one with the young Jane Seymour? The ones with the Ray Harryhausen special effects? Was it your first introduction to the Arabian Nights too? Did the actual tales with the frame story of sex and violence come as something as a surprise?

Well, Mr. Toppi follows the tradition of the original stories and not the movies.

And boy, is it something.

I had never heard of Sergio Toppi before seeing this book posted
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Jeff Jackson
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
These reimagined tales plucked from the Arabian Nights are intriguing, but the real attraction is Sergio Toppi's astonishing artwork. He combines design and storytelling in a way that eliminates the need for panels while still propelling the reader through time and space. His drawings are exquisitely detailed and expressive, balancing shadow and light, culture and costume, hallucination and reality.

The episodic narrative sort of evaporates at the end, but I've rounded up my rating for "Sharaz-De
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David Schaafsma
Sharaz-De is an adaptation of The Arabian Nights, or The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, with someone we recall is named Scheherazade. It has an alarming premise of sex and violence. Shahryār discovers his wife is unfaithful, killing her. He travels to his brother's house, finds his wife is unfaithful, and she is killled. Shahryār decides to have sex only with virgins after this, whereupon each morning after he kills them so they will never have the chance to be unfaithful. Nice story, ...more
Bettie☯


Rufus Drool mouthing 'Open Sesame' is enough to send a girl mad...

http://youtu.be/k_zUQZxAX4A

Mili Avital ... Scheherezade
Alan Bates ... Storyteller
James Frain ... Schahzenan / Harun al-Rashid
Tchéky Karyo ... Black Coda (as Tcheky Karyo)
Jason Scott Lee ... Aladdin
John Leguizamo ... Genie of the Lamp / Genie of the Ring
Vanessa Mae ... Princess Zobeide
Dougray Scott ... Sultan Shahryar / Amin
Rufus Sewell ... Ali Baba
Jim Carter ... Ja'Far
Peter Guinness ... Chief Executioner
Hugh Quarshie ..
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Eli
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A magnificent adaptation of 1001 Arabian Nights.

In the land of Gowan-dab, a mighty king had two sons, Shahriyar and Shahzam'an. Longing to see his brother, Shahzam'an set out in haste to see Shahriyar; but, in his haste, left without the dagger his wife had given him. Upon realizing this he rode back quickly to find his wife in the arms of another man. Distraught, he kills her and her lover and sets back out on his original journey.

Shahriyar, recognizing his brother's peril, encourages him to ta
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Artur Coelho
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deixei o melhor para o fim. Aliás, este foi o elemento fundamental que me convenceu a negociar com uma papelaria cá da terra para fazer a colecção completa das Novelas Gráficas Público/Levoir. Tinha de assegurar que esta edição do esplendoroso Sharaz-De chegaria às minhas estantes. Sabendo o que me esperava, tendo-o já encontrado por portas e travessas nos recantos obscuros do mundo digital, guardei-o até ter tempo mental para o saborear.

A adaptação de contos das Mil e Uma Noites por Toppi toca-
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Lindsay
When I was a kid, I used to "sneak" into my mom's library and spend hours looking through Faeries, enthralled with the illustrations of the pretty faeries, the folklore, and the terrifying nasty ones. I say sneak, not because my mother didn't allow me near her books, but because the illustrations and descriptions were explicit--revealing the dangerous side of the fairy tale/folktale world with which I was unaware, having kept mostly to Disney. If I ever have kids, I want this to be their Faeries ...more
Mike Klein
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful art and a great bunch of stories make this one of the best graphic "novels" around. (Really it is more like graphic literature).

Mostly pen and ink drawings that add to the stories that are sometimes subtle and sometimes over the top, but always appropriate.

The only problem with this book is that it is way too short. There are 1001 stories and this book only contains 12. The author is now dead so there'll be no more and that is too bad. Ending a book can generate different emotions--for
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Charlotte
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, uit-eigen-wil
If I were to have any criticism on this book, it'd be that the amazing art distracts from the story.

Nick
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated stories taken from the Arabian Nights; there's some deftness to the writing too but the images are almost enough to tell the narrative on their own.

Better review soon.
Ricardo
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Idade de Ouro Islâmica deu ao Mundo uma lufada de ar fresco no obscurantismo medieval, incluindo diversos clássicos de literatura, onde, para o mundo ocidental, as Mil e Uma Noites tomam o papel principal. Contudo, Toppi não reconta as histórias de Sindbad, Ali Baba ou Aladino. Ao invés, coloca Sharaz-de (Xerazade) a contar histórias a Shahriar (uma por noite, um pouco à semelhança do original) onde entram personagens que, não tendo o objectivo de serem lembradas por si só, servem de mote a um ...more
Dov Zeller
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this one in the spring and forgot to review it but then saw a goodreads friend had just read it and it sparked my memory. A beautiful retelling of the Arabian Nights that manages to capture the high stakes intensity in a way no other version I've read has done. Toppi's "Sharaz-De" singularly evokes the king's emotional pain as well as his immature, self-centered cruelty, while still offering a sense of romance and expansiveness (night after night unfolding in endless stories told by Shara ...more
Marcos Faria
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasia, hq-outros
Li os dois volumes de uma tacada só. Sergio Toppi parte de um material que em si já é primoroso e consegue torná-lo melhor ainda. Primeiro, pela seleção das histórias, desprezando as mais conhecidas e adaptadas, e jogando luz sobre algumas pequenas joias. E depois, pela forma como transpõe essas histórias para o papel. Cada página é uma pequena obra-prima. Mas minha parte preferida são os epílogos mostrando o que estão fazendo os habitantes de Bagdá nas auroras em que Sharaz-de consegue adiar po ...more
Henrique Vogado
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
Um livro poético em termos de desenho. As histórias que Sharaz-De conta são boas e ela procura chamar a atenção ao rei que a mantém cativa de personagens que caíram em desgraça de uma maneira ou de outra, muitas vezes por ambição ou ganância.
O desenho é fenomenal. A composição das páginas é extraordinária e a marca de Sergio Toppi. Já tinha visto o seu traço numa história sobre o Infante D.Henrique.
Vale a pena abrir em qualquer página e admirar o traço.
Pturingan
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Some of the best art I've seen in a long time. Sergio Toppi is a master of comics art. Almost all of the pages are worthy of framing and hanging up in a wall. The book itself is gorgeous; something you might like to leave on a coffee table for guests to browse
Deborahanndilley
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The artwork in this piece was truly spectacular!! I would recommend this book for the art alone as it is the visuals in this novel that create the lyricism and poignancy of the story.
Giovanna
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tempo fa una persona mi consigliò di dare uno sguardo alle opere di Sergio Toppi perché secondo lei il suo stile ben si adattava ai miei gusti. Aveva pienamente ragione.Adoro la Sharaz-de di Toppi non solo per il tratto così particolareggiato, arabescato ed al contempo essenziale (soprattutto nelle tavole a china dotate di maggiore forza ed incisività rispetto a quelle a colori), per la costruzione delle tavole originale e fuori da molti schemi, per questo gioco di tratti, linee e cerchi che ren ...more
Turrean
Extraordinary artwork, but uninspired storytelling. There are roughly half a dozen tales from The Arabian Nights here, mostly ones in which foolish or greedy people meet some horrific fate. There is no real resolution to the frame story about Scheherazade and her king, either. I found the artwork so stylized and static that it was more a series of moments from the story, rather than a partner to the storytelling in the way characteristic of the best graphic novels. After a while, I began to page ...more
Rust
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
L'opera migliore tra quelle che ho letto di Toppi. Mi ha completamente stregato, il suo tratto spettacolare si abbina perfettamente allo stile dei racconti, specialmente quando trasforma sensazioni ed emozioni in immagini, spesso di animali. Un filo comune lega quasi tutte le storie, quello dell'ingratitudine: spesso i protagonisti, una volta ottenuta una posizione di forza, sono svelti a voltare le spalle a chi è loro vicino o a cui debbono qualcosa. Ma la giustizia non tarda mai a portare equi ...more
Thong May Han
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking artwork. Would have finished sooner if I hadn't spent so much time studying the lines and the designs. I will definitely flip through this again and again.
Zé Wellington
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que parada maravilhosa. O mestre Toppi, lá em 1979, criou uma parada que até hoje ainda parece vanguardista. Ansioso pelo volume 2.
Felix Pryor
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly beautiful illustrations. Divine, disturbing and visually delicious.
Marco Silva
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
Incredible art. I really love this book and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys the sequential art of comics (and illustration). I really have to check out more things from this artist.
jannaphia
5 ☆☆☆☆☆

This is the most beautiful thing I have read in my entire life and no one can convince me otherwise.
M.i.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Sergio Toppi is a genius. Whilst some of the stories end abruptly, the artwork more than makes up for it.
Blanka Rota
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful art
Neil Baker
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The single most beautifully illustrated book I have ever read.
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