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"El juego lúgubre" ("the lugubrious game") is a personal view of the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

A young man flees a civil war and arrives in a small fishing town where he meets an eccentric painter obsessed with death.

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This graphic novel takes place in Spain in the 1930s on the threshold of the disastrous civil war, in a Madrid no longer safe for the young Jonas, who therefore decides to leave. Everything changes after he meets Salvador Deseo, who accompanies the young man on a journey into art and its dark side. Roca took his inspiration for the painter from Salvador Dali', with a clear reference to him from the very title, which recalls a work by the master of Surrealism. Paco Roca also slips into surrealism, taking his reader on a dreamlike journey in which the border between reality and the mind of the painter Deseo is exceedingly thin.

Paco Roca is part of the generation of Spanish authors whose work was first published in the ground-breaking magazine El Vibora. Since then he has created many graphic novels including GOG (2000); The Lighthouse (2004); Wrinkles (2007), among other awards won the Best Album and Best Screenplay at the Barcelona Comic Festival, The National Comic Award and awards for best album at the Festivals of Lucca and Rome; The Lugubrious Game (2008) ; Cartoonist Winter (2010), depicts the life history of cartoonists in Franco’s Spain and also won an award from Notices of Tenerife. He also worked as writer and character designer on the animated film adaptation of Wrinkles (La Tête en l’Air), which received the Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

  • Age Adults
  • Binding Hardcover
  • ISBN 9788415163589
  • Language Spanish
  • Pages 80
  • Product Dimensions 17.9 x 25.4 cm.
  • Publisher Astiberri

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