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One Story



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Dual graphic narratives by the acclaimed Italian cartoonist demonstrate how the choices our ancestors made dramatically affect generations to come.

Silvano Landi is a successful writer who, at the age of 50, sees his family leave him and his life fall apart. Landi's great-grandfather, Mauro, is an anxious soldier being fed to the maw of carnage in the First World War. Alternating between past and present, a psych ward and the bloody trenches, and told through complex clues — a lone gas station, an apathetic baroness, found love letters, and shifting from scratchy black-and-white to lush watercolors (sometimes on the same page), A Story documents the origins of pain that serve as the roots of a twisted family tree, and allows the reader to trace the branches. 

Praise For One Story

There is nothing about a work by Gipi that is ever simple or shallow, and his art is never anything less than sumptuous.

In this brief but haunting work, life itself is a battle whose greatest spoil is self-forgiveness.

Gipi’s art adds to the proceedings a lyrical quality that transcends the page and goes straight to the heart.

Gipi’s lines work together to convey deep
emotion … Spend some time looking at these drawings. They are magic.

Gipi draws like a maniac.

This evocative, thought-provoking graphic novel will be sure to linger in the reader's mind long after the last page is turned.

Fantagraphics, 9781683963196, 128pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2020

About the Author

Gipi (Gianni Pacinotti) is an Italian cartoonist whose Notes for a War Story won "Best Book" at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. He also teaches and has directed a film, 2011’s The Last Man on Earth.