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The salon
Bertozzi, Nick.
Adult Fiction BERTOZZ

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Summary: In 1907 Paris, when someone starts tearing the heads off avant-garde painters, Gertrude Stein and her brother, Leo, realize that they might be next on the killer's list. Enlisting the help of their closest friends and colleagues, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie, Alice B. Toklas, and Guillaume Apollinaire, they set out to put a stop to the ghastly murders. Filled with danger, art history, and daring escapes, this is a wildly ingenious murder-mystery ride through the origins of modern art. Nick Bertozziis an award-winning cartoonist based in New York. In 1907 Paris, when someone starts tearing the heads off avant-garde painters, Gertrude Stein and her brother, Leo, realize that they might be next on the killer's list. Enlisting the help of their closest friends and colleagues, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie, Alice B. Toklas, and Guillaume Apollinaire, they set out to put a stop to the ghastly murders. Filled with danger, art history, and daring escapes, this is a wildly ingenious murder-mystery ride through the origins of modern art. "In the Paris of 1907, a salon of later famous Modernists--including Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque, Erik Satie and their sawed-off, potty-mouthed, frequently naked, hilariously arrogant acquaintance Pablo Picasso--discover a stash of secret blue absinthe that allows its drinkers to travel inside paintings, which may hold the key to the demonic creature who's been dismembering avant-gardists. The setting is fertile territory for speculative historical in-jokes, bawdy and action-packed set pieces--especially artistic experimentation in the tradition of its protagonists--Bertozzi plays it to the hilt . . ."--Publishers Weekly "A wild mixture of art history and mystery . . . His depiction of artists--Pablo Picasso, Braque, Stein, Satie, and Appollinaire . . . is strange, humorous, and thrilling."--Jonathan Ames, author ofWake Up, Sir "Full of ideas, gorgeous art, and deftly pace storytelling."--James Sturm, author ofThe Golem's Mighty Swing "A sly, sexy slant on Modernism and the Modernists who made it so."--Paul Pope, author ofBatman: Year 100 "Ambitious and fun. Bertozzi's artwork is gorgeous."--Chester Brown, author ofLouis Riel "Whether this story serves as an introduction to this famous circle of friends or as an appendix to your knowledge of them, it is fun, very smooth, charming and goes down as easy as absinthe."--Gary Panter, author ofJimbo in Purgatory "Bertozzi's long-awaited graphic novel has a brilliant, daffy premise executed with wit and flair. In the Paris of 1907, a salon of later famous Modernists--including Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque, Erik Satie and their sawed-off, potty-mouthed, frequently naked, hilariously arrogant acquaintance Pablo Picasso--discover a stash of secret blue absinthe that allows its drinkers to travel inside paintings, which may hold the key to the demonic creature who's been dismembering avant-gardists. The setting is fertile territory for speculative historical in-jokes, bawdy and action-packed set pieces--especially artistic experimentation in the tradition of its protagonists--Bertozzi plays it to the hilt. His artwork is consistently vigorous, featuring rough, lusty brush strokes, an engaging duotone color scheme that changes from scene to scene, and hilarious mock French sound effects (someone being kicked is rendered 'QUIQUE'). But there's also a clever subtext to the book, about the historical moment at which a small group of associates reinvented art, music and literature by thinking intensely about how to represent space


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