Klezmer by Joann Sfar
Tales of the Wild East

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Klezmer tells a wild tale of love, friendship, survival, and the joy of making music in pre-World War II Eastern Europe. The Baron of My Backside is perfectly content as the leader of a traveling klezmer band, until his bandmates are brutally murdered. He sets out for Odessa alone, inconsolable even after he is joined by Chava, a beautiful girl with a voice like an angel. Meanwhile, Yaacov is expelled from his yeshiva for stealing; he too makes his way to Odessa along with Vincenzo, a violinist, and Tshokola, a gypsy entertainer. When these five misfits finally come together, they must set aside their differences and learn to work together (and rock a crowd) through their music. Tragic, humorous, violent, and tender, Klezmer's rich watercolor art and simple but moving story-telling draws you into the lives of these fascinating characters.

About Joann Sfar

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The prodigious Joann Sfar has over 100 books in print and an international following among readers of all ages. The son of a Sephardic father and an Ashkenazi mother, Sfar continues to harvest incredible riches from his twin bloodlines. In his bestselling The Rabbi's Cat, he book us to his paternal country of Algeria; now, in Klezmer he steeps us in the music, pathos, and relentless adventure of his mother's Eastern European heritage.
Published September 5, 2006 by First Second. 144 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In The Rabbi's Cat , Sfar showed a knack for slightly tweaked and jokey mystical fables, a talent he updates with a harsher edge in this first volume of a new series about a band of itinerant Klezmer musicians.

Jun 19 2006 | Read Full Review of Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East

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Noah Davidovich (aka the Baron of my Backside) is one such traveling musician, but finds himself the only survivor when other musicians murder all of the party he is traveling with.

Nov 21 2006 | Read Full Review of Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East

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