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Si Lewen’s Parade is a timeless story told in a language that knows no country—a wordless novel that, despite its muteness, is more powerful than the written or the spoken word. First published in 1957, "The Parade" is a lost classic, newly discovered and remastered--it's a celebration of art and the story of recurring war as Si Lewen experienced it over 90 years, watching the joyful parades that marked the end of World War I lead into the death marches of World War II and the Korean War. Reproduced in a unique two-sided accordion-fold format with an extensive overview of the artist’s career on the reverse side.
As "The Parade" unfolds, the reader is taken on an unforgettable journey of sequential images, presented by Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Maus. This is much in the tradition of other masterful storytellers without words, such as Lynd Ward, Hans Masereel (both inspirations to Si Lewen) and another lost masterpiece, White Collar. These novels also have in common social injustice and the common man dealing with extraordinary issues.
Si Lewen is a Polish Jewish painter born right after World War I who experienced those horrors as one of the first American soldiers to enter the gates of Buchenwald in 1945. On the flip side of this Japanese-fold book, an extensive look at the artist's life, presented by Spiegelman himself, profusely illustrated with art from Lewen's long and prolific career as a serial painter.
The now obscure artist eventually turned away from his sucess as a postwar New York painter to immerse himself in his art rather than in the "artworld"--exploring his early childhood vision of wanting to see paintings hung close together, "so they can talk to one another," a vision well ahead of its time that is appropriately presented in the unique format of this book.
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Item Code SILPH Publisher Abrams Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781419721618 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 148pg Color Partial Color