Alone (Paperback)

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A primarily silent graphic novel that is profoundly moving. The lack of color and text just add to the raw emotions portrayed. You don't read this as much as you experience it. Take the time and let it affect you. Pay attention to what's really happening in each frame and it will gradually work its way into your heart and mind. It's dark and bleak and savagely human.

— From Courtney


Available in English for the first time--the internationally bestselling graphic novel and an Official Selection at France's prestigious Angoul me Internaional Comics Festival by master illustrator-storyteller Chabout (Park Bench, Moby-Dick).

On a tiny lighthouse island far from the rest of the world, a lonely hermit lives out his existence. Every week a supply boat leaves provisions, its occupants never meeting him, never asking the obvious questions: Who are you? Why do you hide? Why do you never leave? What is it like to be so alone?

Years spent on a deserted rock--a lifetime, really--with imagination his sole companion has made the lighthouse keeper something more than alone, something else entirely. For him, what lies beyond the horizon might be...nothing. And so, why not stay put? But one day, as a new boatman starts asking the questions all others have avoided, a chain of events unfolds that will irrevocably upend the hermit's solitary life....

Filled with stunning and richly executed black-and-white illustrations, Alone is Chabout 's masterpiece--an unforgettable tale where tenderness, despair, and humor intertwine to flawlessly portray how someone can be an everyman, and every man is someone.

Translated from the French by Ivanka Hahnenberger.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501153327
ISBN-10: 1501153323
Publisher: Gallery 13
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English