El arte de volar és una novel·la gràfica del guionista Antonio Altarriba i del dibuixant Kim editada per Edicions de Ponent que es va publicar per primera vegada. from “The Art of Flying”. by Antonio Altarriba Translated by Adrian West. Click image below to enlarge. From El arte de volar. Published by Ediciones de Ponent . El arte de volar by Antonio Altarriba, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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This book came to me as my christmas present via Book Voyager alo Although it was easy to read in a ‘there were no big words I didn’t understand’ kinda way, my knowledge of the Spanish civil war is sadly lacking and so I found myself a bit muddled here and there, but that’s my failing not the author’s.

I really liked it, it’s a kind of important moment in the history of comics that now we English-speakers can experience. Like the places, the characters are also converted into icons. Altarriba structures his work on three narrative levels.

Altareiba consult titles available in other markets please click on the above links. Dec 22, Carmen rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Through him we can revisit the hardships of life in Spain at the start of the century, the Civil War, exile, the concentration camps, the resistence against the Germans, the black market, Franco’s ‘desarollismo’, and the coming of democracy… This provides Antonio Altarriba with the material for a heartbreaking script in which he himself is profoundly implicated.

This is one of the allegorical markers referred to earlier. Va volwr gente que tuvo que vender, traicionar u olvidar sus ideales para sobrevivir.

This book came to me as my christmas present via Book Voyager along with some lemon stuffed olives and some Cola Cao! Refresh and try again. Log In Sign Up. There, he will be a driver, then be forcibly enlisted in the Phalange army, will defect, join the Republican army with the anarchists altargiba the communists, then will become a refugee in France, be interned in a refugee camp, will escape, be captured, will escape again before being deported to Germany, be captured again, be sent to the labor volun A really sad and powerful story about a young man, born and raised in the country, who hates it and wants to dw to the city in Spain in the arfe s.


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Lastly we see his life in a nursing home and his inevitable suicide this is told right from the beginning, so I am not ruining anything for you! This sick and converted environment is also found in the authorial side notes: This is, according to him, because the novel permits a broader exploration than the autobiography due to four phenomena: Deciding to return to Spain, Altarriba said: The Art of Flying is a much lauded Spanish graphic historical memoir that was published in ; thanks to Jonathan Cape it is now translated into English, and beautifully, by Adrian West.

This review is mainly for the English audience who may nothave heard of how damn good this comic is and yes there is an English version: I believe they can. The density of the atmosphere in which the story is developed is made even stronger through the use of the color gray, a metaphor of the dark times without a horizon.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. However, Maus ended up being more than just that, becoming a kind of collective memory in a story where the author also became a character in the book telling the story of how his father told him about the Holocaust.

Being a graphic novel the comparisons with Maus are inevitable and all in all possibly because I know a little more about the holocaust I ‘enjoyed’ Maus better, if enjoy is the appropriate word. Tuve que enterrar la dignidad y los ideales. The vertical fall from the window is perpendicular to the horizontal story that Altarriba tells. There is only one opportunity for hope in the gray panorama: Then there is the inevitable loss of personal integrity of the protagonist and the return to Spain despite the Franco dictatorship, his meeting the mother of his child and how that relationship develops.

This desire for a normal life, for love and to be loved, after a life of adventures, will be his doom, since it will force him to compromise his ideals of equality and fraternity. To ask other readers questions about El arte de volarplease sign up. Lists with This Book.


Their steps were our first steps because somehow they have carried us where we are. Reading for myself was different and it took awhile to get use to it. Dec 11, Lahierbaroja rated it it was amazing.

To Altarriba, the mother of his child was nothing more than a reminder of his unhappiness. Remember me alharriba this computer.

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Ell these references, the reader knows that the Lead Alliance, capitalized for its significance in the book, happened around December 10, Returning to Maus, one must remember the distinctive point of views of Vladek and Art when approaching the story, one as the survivor and the other as the son of the survivor. The linearity is antonoi broken with the introduction of dream scenes which highlight the progressive emotional downfall of the protagonist vollar the reflections of the narrator-author on certain facts.

Like many men and women in the twentieth century he had attempted to build a fairer world, but History turned its back on him; he wanted to fly with wings of hope, but only ended up crashing.

In this way, the work is structured in five different parts which allow two possible readings. Thompson alludes to Dominick La Capra postulating a second factor of distortion which he calls transference Thompson I may not have reliable proof but it seems realistic to me.

There are others, like allusions to Durruti, the icon of the anarchist fight during the Civil War, and the fetish of the Lead Alliance which Altarriba establishes with his three battle companions in the battle of the French Century.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. New Spanish Books UK. So ended a life marked by failure and frustration. The Madeline episode he told me in full detail, except for the most erotic parts. Altarriba, in his last acts of rebellion, ends his marriage, admits himself into a nursing home, and commits suicide.