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Fable de Venise

(Corto Maltese #7)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  984 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Costume de marin, cheveux bruns, anneau à l'oreille gauche. La silhouette élancée et élégante. Une lueur d'amusement et d'ironie bienveillante dans le regard. L'air de se tenir à distance. L'art d'observer choses et gens avec détachement. Certains le disent pirate. Lui se prétend gentilhomme de fortune... Ainsi apparaît Corto Maltese, fils d'une gitane andalouse et d'un ...more
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Published by Casterman (first published 1977)
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Michael Finocchiaro
After Corto Maltese: La ballade de la mer salée, this is my favorite Corto story. In a city built by poets rather than architects and with a myriad of intrigues and small romances, the artwork and narrative takes us through a Venise which even now drowns in its own history.
Philippe Malzieu
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Venice is a black book, an alchemical treaty, an athanor. Corto course the city. It is a search. He seeks the clavicle of Solomon, a mythical object for the freemasons. Of course he will not find it. but that does not have any importance.

"Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer" Guillaume I Orange

(No need to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere)
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

O livro começa com uma pequena introdução onde se discorre sobre uma avô em Veneza que levaria o neto a visitar uma amiga. A casa desta amiga seria uma espécie de labirinto, construído como resultado do cruzamento de várias crenças e mitos, religiões e culturas, numa sucessão de enigmas cabálicos e obscuros – um lugar mágico que alimenta a imaginação da criança e, mais tarde, do homem.

Neste Fábula de Veneza Corto Maltese explora a cidade em busca de uma
Michael de_Zayas
I've never read "Fable of Venice." This review is of a different book, not listed anywhere on the Goodreads site. But if you ever go to Venice, I urge you to meet me first; I will hand this other book to you. kate and I planned three days there this year; at the end of each we looked at each other and said "just one more day." Yes, the city. But really, because we were hooked on this book, which became the city for us. It's a sort of imaginary guide book, a treasure map with no destination, one ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Santos da casa não fazem milagres mas imagino que, há 50 anos atrás, todo o mundo do cartoon europeu que conhecesse Hugo Pratt e o seu marinheiro, já tivesse enviado uma carta ao autor a pedir uma aventura com Veneza como pano de fundo. Uma Veneza que eu adoraria explorar (mesmo que também tivesse de cair do telhado das casas algumas vezes).
A clavícula de Salomão, que inclui uma cobiçada esmeralda, serve como objetivo do herói, "desafiado" por um falecido escritor inglês. Numa Itália de
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartaceo, comics
Secondo me non uno dei migliori episodi di Corto Maltese, ma comunque godibile.
The slimmest of the volumes I've red so far, and the most disappointing. It has all the Hallmarks of the other Corto tales, but the parts don't fit together well. To many non-sequiturs and (I find it hard to believe I'm typing this) to many digressions into obscure nooks of history distract from the tale and make it a disappointing read.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another classic Corto Maltese story, this time set in Venice (again) as Corto has to solve a mystery involving the freemasons and ancient history. Love this IDW series. Top notch reproduction here.
Grady McCallie
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
This episode is shorter than average for the series, but the characters are distinct and interesting, the plot is easy to follow, and the drawing is especially crisp. Fans of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum may appreciate this tale, which doesn't really seem to advance the overall arc of Corto Maltese' life, but is a lot of fun anyway.
Rui Alves de Sousa
Mais uma divertida aventura de Corto Maltese, com Hugo Pratt no seu melhor: no relato das lendas, na mistura entre os sonhos e a caça ao tesouro, e no magnífico leque de personagens que se cruzam com o protagonista.
This book is both a great story and a love song to Venice, the beauty of the city, both real and imaginary, beautifully translated in images. Pratt not only makes us wish to visit the city, but transports us to that troublesome time after the Great War.

The story is good, but for me it is the most visually beautiful of the Corto Maltese books.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Para qualquer amante de Banda desenhada, Corto Maltese de Hugo Pratt é um nome incontornável. Neste volume, a narrativa decorre na cidade de Venesa, esta recriada em imagem, com muito pormenor. É uma viagem linda à cidade e mais uma viagem à dimensão de Corto Maltese.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entra nelle storie cadendo dalle nuvole, parla con i pozzi e racconta le favole ai gatti. Un tipo strano questo Corto Maltese, ma... come si fa a non amarlo?
This eigth chapter in the travels of a curious sailor with a death wish that he isn't aware of is full of intrigue and great characters but a little cumbersome. Still, it's a great read and full of semi real and esoteric history but I'm very tempted to give it ****. Since it was done in 1981 AND I'm not immersed in the nuance within Italian sequentials AND one never knows what suffered in translation- it gets the top rating.

Any work of graphic literature is significantly better when the writer
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-comics
Το "Βενετσιάνικο Παραμύθι" είναι η τρίτη ιστορία Κόρτο που διαβάζω μετά την Μπαλάντα και την Κρυφή αυλή. Κατάφερε σε μία δική μου κατάταξη των άλμπουμ να μπει εμβόλιμα μεταξύ των δύο με ίση απόσταση μεταξύ τους. Ήταν πιο προσεγμένο σχεδιαστικά/σεναριακά από την Μπαλάντα η οποία περνάει 3η αλλά ταυτόχρονα πιο απροσδιόριστο και αέριο από την Κρυφή αυλή του μυστηρίου.

Με την λέξη απροσδιόριστο τείνω περισσότερο προς το ασυνεχές παρά προς το ασαφές. Ειδικά προς το τέλος που ανακαλύφθηκε το κόλπο του
Dragan Nanic
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
As the title says this is a fable. In the opening frame Pratt himself wonders how it should be called and it sets the tone for the whole story.

Masked members of the masonic lodge, reflections in the canals, chases on the rooftops, staircases, courtyards and intricate palacies, dreams and stories deciphered from ancient runes and arabic scriptures - they all have more prominent place than Corto himself. He is a vessel going from one place to another, falling through glass ceilings and from the
Carl Waluconis
If this was the only Corto Maltese book you ever read, you might wonder what all the excitement is about. He is the coolest hero, and that still comes across as he explains to a secret society, "I often fall from the clouds." Also Hugo Pratt makes each panel perfect. The overall plot includes mostly a dense, detailed historic overview and then a confrontation and solution. The upbeat ending shows that Hugo Pratt is enjoying telling a tale set in his hometown with many potentially interesting ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Venedig - drømmenes og hemmelighedernes by, så hvor ellers skal Corto på jagt efter Kong Salomons ædelsten. Det kræver både drømmesyn i febervildelse, tydning af efterladte gåder og oversættelse af runeindskrifter på græske løver, ført over havet af... fortsæt selv mytologien er uendelig og Corto elsker eventyr.

Faraos cigarers luksusudgave har erindringsbilleder fra Hugo Pratts barndomsbesøg i den jødiske ghetto i Venedig, essays om Cortos flygtige natur og en introduktion til nogle af de
Mateen Mahboubi
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't love this one. Pratt's love for Venice oozes out of every page and I loved that but the secret society/mystical overtones clouded my enjoyment and just prevented me from getting too into it. Ultimately, stripping away those elements, it's a pretty basic story that Corto is able to solve without much difficulty (possibly a feature of this being a shorter volume than some of the others).
Iván Giménez
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despido el año con esta joya de Hugo Pratt. Una de las historias más iniciáticas y llena de simbolismo de Corto Maltés. También es reconfortante encontrarse con una Venecia misteriosa y que es un personaje más de esta historia que mezcla masones, fascistas, neoplatónicos y viejos relatos de árabes y vikingos. Puro sueño y aventura.
Przemek Skoczyński
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
"Bajka wenecka" zawiera wszystko co najlepsze w tej kanonicznej serii. Jest kolejna nieprzeciętna przygoda, jest aura tajemnicy, atmosfera nostalii za przeszłością i elementy oniryczne, dzięki którym nigdy nie wiesz czy to czasem nie "sen wariata". Erudycja autora uwidacznia sie w kazdym karze, więc nie dziwi fakt, że Corto to ulubiona rozrywka wielu intelektualistów. Mistrzostwo świata.
Another extremely well told story of the enigmatic sailor Corto Maltese. He's embroiled in a quest to find a legendary jewel while fascists make trouble in the streets of Venice. It's a rollicking adventure with the engrossing art Pratt always brings to the table. Must read for fans of good comics.
Mark Singer
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Another great mystical adventure.
Ed Correa
Muy entretenido relato. Gana mucho con algunos elementos "semi surrealistas" que incorpora.
This might be my favorite of the Corto Maltese books so far. It's a beautiful book.
Nick Van
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A crisp, magical adventure. Corto Maltese at his finest.
Florin Pitea
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kind of slow, kind of boring and too surrealistic for my taste.
Lucas Maciel
Absurdo de lindo esse gibi.
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Un classique de la BD lu en préparation d'un voyage à Venise. Cet album étonnant, entre songe et réalité, est une déclaration d'amour à Venise à ses mystères, ses légendes, son atmosphère. Ne vous attendez pas à une visite "touristique" de la Sérénissime mais à une flânerie dans les ruelles de la ville dans les pas de Corto.

Le dessin élégant de Hugo Pratt est au service d'une chasse au Trésor entre sociétés secrètes, chemises noires et aventuriers de tout poil. Un récit enlevé, érudit parfois
Corto goes to Venice to find a mysterious emerald and, along the way, he stumbles upon a masonic lodge, a gang of thieves, an aggressive police force and a genie (?!). I'm almost sorry to give this 3 stars because I liked the sketchy drawing style and the story was OK. Until the end that is, when we get a weird deus ex machina which seriously made me reread the last couple of pages over and over again because I thought I'd missed something. I've been told this is normal for Corto so maybe I'm ...more
Damien Travel
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Venice is also one of the magical places to which Corto Maltese regularly comes back during his travels around the globe. In “Fable of Venice”, Hugo Pratt, leads us in the secret corners of the city. While the Fascists are starting to take power, Corto is looking for a legendary emerald which is mentioned the antique, byzantine, arabic and masonic traditions. But how much of this is just sheer madness or maybe then theater?

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Leonardo Estrela
"Fable of Venice" is another beautiful and extravagant Corto Maltese tale by Hugo Pratt. Presenting the reader with the same wild and fascinating world we've come to know and love from the other books of the series, it portrays Venice as a magical place, where masons, poets, thieves, murderers and philosophers inhabit the streets. And in the middle of all that, there's the utopian adventurer, Corto Maltese, a free sailor, who's looking for Solomon's Emerald, a mystical artifact lost in time.

Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un misterio envuelto en otro, pequeños secretos tejidos alrededor de una búsqueda fabulosa y que al final revelan que de la Serenísima Venecia solo quedan las viejas mansiones.

Corto Maltés es uno de mis personajes favoritos, a pesar de que creo que no he léido mas de cuatro o cinco de sus aventuras. Quizás porque siempre espero mucho de Hugo Pratt esta Fábula de Venecia me ha dejado con la sensación de ser una historia a medio terminar.
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il mio primo "Corto Maltese". Appena iniziata la lettura ero tentato di abbandonarlo e di dargli una stella, per vari motivi:
1) Trama confusionaria
2) Personaggi che saltano fuori dal nulla
3) Disegni e colori
Incredibilmente, proseguendo la lettura Corto Maltese ha convertito tutto in punti di forza... Venezia si adatta perfettamente ai colori ad acquerello e anche i disegni non sono così male.
La trama da confusionaria diventa una fiaba quasi mistica, intrecciata di misteri, riferimenti velati,
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uma certa geração mais velha do que a minha idolatra Hugo Pratt e a sua personagem mais famosa, Corto Maltese. Eu confesso que não sou grande fã, nem consigo perceber por que vêem os mais velhos que eu genialidade nestes desenhos e histórias. Aliás, para mim, as histórias são algo confusas...

(Corto Maltese)
Non ho gridato
“Viva qualcuno”, sono
divenuto antipatico a
qualcun altro e cosi’ ho
dovuto difendermi e
fuggire, sono tempi
(da qualche parte)

(Corto Maltese)
Me ne andro’ cosi’...
tanto per
(da qualche parte)
Jussi Mononen
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A though-provoking study on love, freemasonry, magic, and cultural history by the incomparable Hugo Pratt. I just wish he had elaborated the Cats' Genesis (in the Biblical sense) more.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Che c'è di meglio, dopo una fine settimana veneziano, per ricostruire la magia della città lagunare, che le atmosfere di un racconto di Hugo Pratt?
Evey Morgan
Apr 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Me ha parecido aburrido hasta el límite. Puedo añadir poco más. Historia insulsa, trama floja... en fin. Para olvidar.
Clémence Cireau
En prévision de notre journée à Venise et pour moi la genèse du personnage romantique de Mario.
Classica storia su Corto Maltese, ambientata stavolta in una magica Venezia, tra fascisti e massoni.
Il marinaio di Pratt ha sempre il suo fascino eterno.
Kristina Emelianenko
Enorme piacere di vedere Venezia nei fumetti di Hugo Pratt.
Ich check das nicht. Es war nur mäßig interessant, größtenteils sogar verwirrend.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti
Una storia magica. :)
David Alexandre Silva
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cool cool cool
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho amato: gli acquerelli, le ombre, i gatti, i riflessi sull'acqua, le porte che conducono ad altre fiabe, le leggende cristiano arabe bizantine.
È un'avventura favolosa.
Avete presente Indiana Jones e l'ultima crociata? C'è lo stesso grado di mistero da decifrare, ma con molta più eleganza, romanticismo, malinconia, sottigliezza, onirismo che non nello spirito americano.
Probabilmente è un'ingannevole ritratto di Venezia che, se la visitassimo dopo aver letto questa favola, ci renderebbe delusi.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Todella kaunista kuvaa, mutta ihan liikaa selittämistä historiasta ja mystiikasta.
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“Il y a, à Venise, trois lieux magiques et secrets : l'un dans la "rue de l'amour des amis", le deuxième près du "pont des merveilles" et le troisième dans le "sentier des marranes", près de San Geremia, dans le vieux ghetto. Quand les Vénitiens - parfois ce sont les Maltais - sont fatigués des autorités, ils vont dans ces lieux secrets et, ouvrant les portes au fond de ces cours, ils s'en vont pour toujours vers des pays merveilleux et vers d'autres histoires...” 4 likes
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