Fable of Venice

Texts and drawings by Hugo Pratt

Fable of Venice

€ 12.00

Texts and drawings by Hugo Pratt

Fable of Venice

€ 12.00

Lingua

ENG
english

Formato

23.7 x 29.4
paperback

Pagine

132
black&White

Editore

IDW Publishing

sito web

Anno

2017
september

Tipologia

history
collectible

La storia

Venice is a magical place, full of hidden treasures. Included among these is Solomon’s Collarbone, a priceless emerald that has strange powers, and that is sought after by an eccentric scholar from London known as Baron Corvo. The Collarbone, indeed, is not only a precious gem, but also a talisman capable of opening the doors of the occult, a fetish that many find tempting.

In the lagoon city’s tangle of alleys, Corto will have to grapple with strange Freemasons, unusual adventurers, born again philosophers, and arrogant fascists, in a tale that travels on the border between dream and reality.

Among the true life characters are Baron Corvo (the pen-name of the English writer Frederick Rolfe), whose riddle sets Corto Maltese on a wild chase through Venice; Gabriele D’Annunzio (referred to in the story as “the Poet”), the Italian nationalist who was a key figure in the rise of Fascism; as well as two relatives of Hugo Pratt’s, the young Blackshirts Stevani and Boselli. Two women are richly developed in the tale: Hipazia, based on the historical novel Hypatia by Charles Kingley, and Louise Brookszowyc (an homage to Louise Brooks, the iconic star of Georg Pabst’s silent film classics Lulu and Diary of a Lost Girl).

RECURRING CHARACTERS IN FABLE OF VENICE: LOUISE BROOKSZOWYC

Le origini

This single story (Fable of Venice) comprising 98 comic pages was serialized on the weekly magazine “L’Europeo” from issue 21/22 of June 1977. Among the many publications that came out later, we should remember the quality oblong hardcover books published by Milano Libri in April 1979. This edition comprised only 6,000 numbered copies and is much sought after by collectors partly as it is the first book to contain the complete story.

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L'opera

Favola di Venezia
In this affectionate tribute to his hometown, Hugo Pratt offers a complex mystery thriller involving Freemasons, occultists, and esotericists set during the rise of Fascism in 1921.
Corto Maltese’s return to Venice is ostensibly a search for an emerald known as the Clavicle of Solomon, but by the end he is left questioning whether the object of his quest will open the hidden doors of magic and unravel the nature of time and space in this city of secrets… or if it’s merely “the stuff that dreams are made of,” as was the black bird of Dashiell Hammett’s novel featuring another Maltese

This EuroComics edition features new translations from Pratt’s original Italian scripts by Dean Mullaney, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning editor of the Library of American Comics, and Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra, and the author of Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s (University Press of Mississippi).
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