The early years

Texts and drawings by Hugo Pratt

The early years

€ 20.99

Texts and drawings by Hugo Pratt

The early years

€ 20.99

Lingua

ENG
english

Formato

23.7 x 29.4
paperback

Pagine

64
Black&White

Editore

IDW Publishing

sito web

Anno

2019
august

Tipologia

history
collectible

La storia

In this return to “the early years” this episode tells the story of Corto Maltese’s youth when he arrived in Manchuria at the end of 1905 at the time of the Russo- Japanese War. He has just turned 18 years old and the story focuses on his first meeting with Rasputin, a deserter from a Siberian rifle regiment.This meeting confirms the fact that the two had known each other long before the Ballad of the Salt Sea. Actually, the protagonist of this adventure is not Corto Maltese, who only appears towards the end, but Rasputin and the writer Jack London, who was a war correspondent in the region at that time.

London, it would seem, has already met Corto before and he speaks about him to other characters as though he were an old friend. Pratt’s main aim here is to outline the aspects of the personalities of Rasputin and Jack London with focused and effective portraits.
From this emerges the negative and complex overall personality of Rasputin, who is por- trayed as a man who lacked ideals, honor or loyalty even in his youth. He kills with disconcerting ease and is ready to lie and betray without hesitation. Nevertheless Corto Maltese demonstrates how certain feelings may arise in a mysterious and inexplicable way, by paths we cannot comprehend, just as his own feelings of friendship for Rasputin seem inexplicable.

RECURRING CHARACTERS IN THE ERALY YEARS: RASPUTIN, JACK LONDON

Le origini

This single story comprising 65 comic pages appeared in the French daily newspaper “Le Matin de Paris” with a strip published every day from 6 August, 1981.

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single story

L'opera

La giovinezza
The origins of a character like Corto reflect his spirit as a reluctant hero.
Barely seventeen, Corto finds himself at the side of two incredible characters, the writer Jack London and Rasputin, his future companion of adventures. At the time he is too young to comprehend the importance the two will have in his life, but as he himself admits at the outset, “Today I am able to tell you two or three things about them that I did not understand then.”

As regards the figure of Jack London who is given considerable importance here, Pratt exploits his profound knowledge of the subject to dispel certain widely held beliefs that the future writer held socialist ideas. In this story, London is shown to be much more interested in issues of race than in social issues. In fact, in this war London was very much on the side of the Russians, not because of his socialist ideals but solely for reasons of race.
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