The Property by Rutu Modan

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A beautiful, fully realized story that’s as much “novel” as “graphic”.
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"Modan delights in bringing the subtlest emotional shadings to vivid and often comical life on the page...[The Property is a] wryly funny and ultimately wrenching graphic novel." -NPR

The award-winning author of Exit Wounds returns with a story about secrets, money, and the bonds of love

The Property is a work that will inspire, fascinate, and delight readers and critics alike. Savvy and insightful, elegant and subtle, Rutu Modan's second full-length graphic novel is a triumph of storytelling and fine lines.

After the death of her son, Regina Segal takes her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw, hoping to reclaim a family property lost during the Second World War. As they get to know modern Warsaw, Regina is forced to recall difficult things about her past, and Mica begins to wonder if maybe their reasons for coming aren't a little different than what her grandmother led her to believe.

Modan offers up a world populated by prickly seniors, smart-alecky public servants, and stubborn women-a world whose realism is expressed alternately in the absurdity of people's behavior and in the complex consequences of their sacrifices. Modan's ever-present wit is articulated perfectly in her clear-line style, while a subtle, almost muted color palette complements the true-to-life nuances of her characterization. Exit Wounds made a huge splash for this signature combination of wit, style, and realism, and The Property will cement Modan's status as one of the foremost cartoonists working today.


About Rutu Modan

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Born in Tel Aviv in 1966, Rutu Modan is an illustrator and cartoonist. She cofounded an independent publishing house for alternative comic artists, Actus Tragicus, and has received much recognition for her work, both within Israel and abroad, including nominations for Eisner, Ignatz, and Angoulême awards. Modan has taught comics and illustration at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and currently lives in England with her family.
Published April 23, 2014 by Drawn and Quarterly. 232 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by James Smart on Sep 06 2013

The gentle pace means you can relax into Modan's characters, and the matt colour scheme is lovely, as romance, reminiscence and mild skulduggery ensue. It lacks intensity, but The Property is a nuanced and warm-hearted piece of work.

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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Jul 13 2013

Modan has it all. Her drawings are fantastically expressive, with the result that her characters are as many-layered as those you'll find among the pages of a traditional novel.

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on Apr 15 2013

A beautiful, fully realized story that’s as much “novel” as “graphic”.

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Reviewed by Glen Weldon on Jun 25 2013

Because, as the characters of this wryly funny and ultimately wrenching graphic novel come to learn, nothing about the past stays buried forever.

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