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CORTO MALTESE Volume 9 The Secret Rose

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CORTO MALTESE Volume 9 The Secret Rose

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Highly Recommended. By Hugo Pratt. Visiting the writer Hermann Hesse while researching alchemists with his old friend Professor Steiner, Corto drinks from the "source of the Alchemy Rose" and becomes immersed in a surreal and dreamlike adventure that involves Klingsor, the quest for the Holy Grail, Death, the Devil, and the Sandman, among others. This is surely the strangest Corto story ever written...complexly plotted with Hugo Pratt's most philosophical ruminations on the imagination and packed with strange fictional characters come to life...sort of.<

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Visiting the writer Hermann Hesse while researching alchemists with his old friend Professor Steiner, Corto drinks from the "source of the Alchemy Rose" and becomes immersed in a surreal and dreamlike adventure that involves Klingsor, the quest for the Holy Grail, Death, the Devil, and the Sandman, among others. This is surely the strangest Corto story ever written...complexly plotted with Hugo Pratt's most philosophical ruminations on the imagination and packed with strange fictional characters come to life...sort of.

No description can do this one justice. If Corto had dropped acid or been transported into another dimension, it could not be stranger. Our (relatively) innocent hero is lost in a land of the imagination and trying, in his always casual way, to cope with the characters and eventually find his way back home. Even Rasputin shows up, as Corto is tried by the Devil's peers for violating the chalice oath. And has he gained the eternal life the chalice promises? Who can say? And who is this strange knight, Klingsor, who starts out as a childhood version of Hermann Hesse but becomes a doomed knight who was corrupted by the nymphomanical "Rose of Sin." Based in part on the famous fantasy, Parsifal.

It's just weirder every time I look at this.

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Item Code CORU09
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781684054022
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 80pg
Color b&w
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