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When a man living a hardscrabble life suddenly exhibits signs of stigmata, his tumultuous journey to find—and accept—redemption is beautifully evoked by Italian screenwriter and novelist Piersanti (Luisa and the Silence) and graphic novelist Mattotti (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Surviving by stray bartending jobs, which only fuel his alcoholism, the nameless man is a loner, but when his palms begin bleeding inexplicably, he's suddenly thrust into the spotlight. The pressure too much to bear, he explodes violently and leaves town to find his uncle—whom he hasn't seen since childhood—last seen traveling with a small carnival. Though his uncle is in jail, the man finds unlikely companionship with the other carnies, particularly a woman named Lorena. Instead of hiding the stigmata, the man agrees to go on display, and they construct a makeshift temple called the House of Blessings, where customers pay for the man to anoint them with his blood. But soon someone from the man's past comes back for vengeance, leading to the man's spiral toward spiritual and physical death. With Mattotti's furious black and white illustrations perfectly reflecting the man's growing inner turmoil, Piersanti's morality tale is haunting yet hopeful. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly sought-after illustrator ( with frequent appearances in and on The New Yorker) and acclaimed graphic novelist. He lives in Paris, France; his work includes The Raven, a collaboration with Lou Reed re-imagining the works of Edgar Allan Poe. He s also working on a major new graphic novel.

Claudio Piersanti lives in Italy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you think you know what this work is about by reading the title, you'd be wrong. Yes it does deals with the stigmata, that mysterious "miracle" given to people, often those of devout faith, that symbolizes Christ's wounds. But this book is so much more than that. You see the main character, the one that gets the stigmata in this book, isn't of devout faith. In fact he's about as far as you can come from it. He drinks, he's probably done drugs before, he sleeps around, he's the type of guy that you would say came from the wrong end of town. But that just makes it more powerful as that's probably the type of guy that Christ would have come back for.

The book follows this one man as he deals with the effects of having these wounds that never heal. We see how people treat him often disbelieving that someone so like him could ever have something so devout. Often convinced that he's doing it to himself, judging him for what he looks like. We see how he treats people that do believe. And we see how he evolves through out the story. And when I say he evolves in the story please don't think he's become super religious and the authors want you to come to one religion. Because it isn't. The character does evolve, does grow, as we all do in our life. And this is a story of faith, but a faith that is open to any.

This is a powerful work. The drawings are all done in black and white and have an almost feral energy to them with their sketchy line quality. This is the type of book that makes you think...about everything. It should be a must read for everyone, regardless of religious persuasion.
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I originally took this book out of the library and knew I had to have it so I ordered it. The artwork is so amazing. Mattotti uses line to create movement and chaos but it all makes sense. Amazing. I found the story secondary to the art, the ending somewhat of a loose end. But well worth owning for any artist or fan.
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