LA CIUDAD AUSENTE by Ricardo Piglia. Adaptation: Pablo de Santis


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A brilliant adaptatinon of the widely acclaimed futuristic detective novel by Ricardo Piglia, The Absent City, 

Junior, a reporter for a daily Buenos Aires newspaper, attempts to locate a secret machine that contains the mind and the memory of a woman named Elena. 

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The Absent City is a meditation on the nature of totalitarian regimes, on the transition to democracy after the end of such regimes, and on the power of language to create and define reality. Ricardo Piglia combines his trademark avant-garde aesthetics with astute cultural and political insights into Argentina’s history and contemporary condition in this conceptually daring and entertaining work.

Luis Scafati and Pablo De Santis have been able to interpret this dizzying story until they consummate an unique work, a milestone in the genre of the graphic novel.

Ricardo Piglia is the author of nine Spanish-language books, two of which have been previously translated into English: Artificial Respiration, also published by Duke University Press, and Assumed Name. The Absent City has been performed as an opera in Argentina and Piglia’s books have been translated into Portuguese, French, Italian, and German. His fiction has won the Casa de las Américas Prize, the Boriz Vian Prize, and the Premio Planeta.

Pablo de Santis studied letters at the University of Buenos Aires and worked as a journalist in major media in his country. In 1985 he won the Best Screenwriter Award of Fierro magazine, one of the most important comic publications in Argentina. 

Luis Scafati studied arts at the National University of Cuyo. His works have been exhibited in Barcelona, Frankfurt and Madrid and integrate the collections of important museums, including the Sívori Museum, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Argentina; the House of Humor and Satire of Bulgaria; the Collection of Cartoon of Switzerland and the University of Essex in England. His works have been published in Brazil, Korea, Spain, France, England, Italy, Mexico and the Czech Republic. In 1981 he won the Grand Prize of Honor in the National Drawing Room, the highest distinction that can be granted to a cartoonist in Argentina. 

  • Publisher Libros del Zorro Rojo
  • Product Dimensions 18 x 26.5 cm.
  • Pages 96
  • Language Spanish
  • ISBN 9788494104138
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Age Adults

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