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Highly Recommended. By Jorge Zentner. Art by Rubén Pellejero.

A beautifully told story highlighted by superlative artwork, which reminds us of Alex Toth's work. Coloring is simply incredible also. A sweeping and poignant story of Jews fleeing the Russian pogroms at the end of the 19th century, from the perspective of young Malka as she grows up. For the family of the little red-head, trading Russia for the Argentine pampas isn't so easy. But it goes pretty well for young Malka. But mixed in with several other interesting other subplots is the one big one. A "friendly" golem, to make ends meet in the fields. But it all goes incredibly wrong in a surprising twist.


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A beautifully told story highlighted by superlative artwork, which reminds us of Alex Toth's work. Coloring is simply incredible also. A sweeping and poignant story of Jews fleeing the Russian pogroms at the end of the 19th century, from the perspective of young Malka as she grows up. For the family of the little red-head, trading Russia for the Argentine pampas isn't so easy. But it goes pretty well for young Malka. But mixed in with several other interesting other subplots is the one big one. A "friendly" golem, to make ends meet in the fields. But it all goes incredibly wrong in a surprising twist.

The Jewish families encounter hostility from both man and nature as they struggle through droughts and locusts in an attempt to cultivate the arid soil. When misery pushes them to the extreme, Malka's uncle is visited by the prophet Elias, who advises that he create a Golem--the mythical creature fashioned from earth and endowed with life by engraving on his body the word Emet ("Truth")--to pose as a man and aid the immigrants.

This is nearly a fairy tale, with equal parts delightful freedom in the wilds of Agentina for the children, and more day-to-day issues for the adults. There's even native South American mysticism and a witch--or is she simply a healer--and her beautiful but feral daughter who become part of the story.

Years later the adult Malka, now a talented muralist, is visited by the same prophet Elias--in the form of a shoe shiner. Now the events of her youth force her to decide whether or not she can maintain her years of silence or take an active role in divine justice.

"A very original re-reading of the legend of the Golem."

From the Afterword: "Though set in a believable, well-researched, and real (if colorful) world, the stories of Pellejero and Zentner always manage to surprise readers by taking the most unexpected detours into realms of the imagination. ...securing a place for them among the most exciting talents in the Spanish-language comics scene." This goes on to compare the art here with Jordi Bernet and Hugo Pratt--in fact, the artist here took over Corto Maltese from Pratt in 2015.

"The full-bodied brushwork here on display favors pronounced contours and warm colors painted in gouache right on the page."

Winner of the Best Foreign Graphic Album award at the Angoulême Festival. Introduction by author Jorge Zentner. Over several pages he goes into great detail about the origins of this story, accompanied by special art studies and illustrations, first glimpses of the characters and locations.

A new title in IDW's excellent Eurocomics line, this was first published in 1995, and including the reprised characters in a three page story that was created to commemorate the final issue of the magazine in which this first appeared, this in 1997.

Afterword by Benoit Mouchart, with 14 additional pages of full color skeches and character studies.

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Item Code SILMH
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781684052875
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 110pg
Color Full Color
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