D+Q book launch | Kaspar by Diane Obomsawin Feb 3rdD+Q presents a book launch for Diane Obomsawin's Kaspar
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Tuesday February 3rd
7:00pm - 10:00pm
211 Bernard O.
Kaspar is the story of a young man who appeared mysteriously in the streets of Nuremberg and died of knife wounds five years later under equally mysterious circumstances. The significance of his life has been disputed ever since.
In Kaspar, Quebec cartoonist Diane Obomsawin draws on Hauser's own writings, and contemporary accounts, to tell the foundling's strange story. Minimalist grayscale panels and the simplest of line work register the wonder and bewilderment of a trusting and sensitive soul emerging into a fickle society. Gentle and poetic, naïve and profound, Obomsawin's first book to appear in English translation is a quiet and compelling charm.
2. Mardi 3 Fevrier 2009 a 19h - Lancement de l'edition anglaise par Drawn & Quarterly de Kaspar d'Obom
Dans Kaspar, Obomsawin raconte l'histoire vraie de Kaspar Hauser, un jeune homme apparu mysterieusement dans les rues de Nuremberg apres avoir passe les seize premieres annees de sa vie enferme dans une chambre obscure. Cinq ans plus tard, il meurt d'une facon tout aussi mysterieuse apres de multiples coups de couteau assenes par un inconnu.
L'artiste quebecoise Diane Obomsawin dessine sur les mots de Hauser lui-meme, ainsi que sur des temoignages contemporains. Ses cases epurees en degrades de gris et son trait simple et delicat mettent en scène l'emerveillement et l'ahurissement d'une ame sensible et naive face à une societe des plus volage. D'une poesie douce-amere, le premier livre d'Obomsawin est d'un charme envoutant.
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