Stigmata by Lorenzo Mattotti

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A stunningly illustrated metaphysical thriller by the European titan.

He lives day to day and hand to mouth, this shambling lug of a man, wrestling with his demons, picking up work where he can, and drinking himself into oblivion. Until one days his palms begin to bleed… These newfound stigmata lose him his job, and he ends up as part of a traveling carnival, where he even finds love. But his past catches up with him —violently so. Has he lost his last chance at redemption?

This stunning graphic novel, executed in a mad, expressionistic swirl of black lines, is the result of a unique collaboration between the preeminent Italian cartoonist/graphist Lorenzo Mattotti (RAW, The New Yorker, and the graphic novels Fires and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and the award-winning Italian screenwriter Claudio Piersanti. 192 pages of black-and-white comics

About Lorenzo Mattotti

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Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly sought-after illustrator ( with frequent appearances in and on The New Yorker) and acclaimed graphic novelist. He lives in Paris, France; his work includes The Raven, a collaboration with Lou Reed re-imagining the works of Edgar Allan Poe. He s also working on a major new graphic novel. Jorge Zentner has written many graphic novels, including the Pampa series illustrated by Carlos Nine. This is his first graphic novel to be translated into English.
Published February 14, 2011 by Fantagraphics. 192 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When a man living a hardscrabble life suddenly exhibits signs of stigmata, his tumultuous journey to find—and accept—redemption is beautifully evoked by Italian screenwriter and novelist Piersanti (Luisa and the Silence) and graphic novelist Mattotti (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde).

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Stigmata

In their graphic novel Stigmata, Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti have created an exceptional example of a successful collaboration of art and text.

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A solidly planted central perf from non-pro Manuel Martinez prevents the pic from slipping over into mere empty artiness.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Stigmata

The Comics Journal

On page 70 of Stigmata two top panels advance the story, supported by a large bottom panel depicting a carnival landscape.

May 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Stigmata

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