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The Manara Library Volume 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories Hardcover – October 25, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595827821
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artist Milo Manara is best known for his erotic comics like Click!
Zack Davisson
As has been noted by others, Indian Summer is written by Hugo Pratt and is a fascinating and well told tale that is simultaneously heartbreaking and stunning.
Axel
Do yourself a favor...if you love Manara or want to introduce his work to others, there is no better place to start.
Jimmy Palmiotti

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
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Indian Summer and Other Stories is an amazing comic book. A nuanced and sophisticated story, it merges the romance of Zane Grey's mythical Westerns with the bleak Gothic darkness of Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter. This book collects two stories, Indian Summer, first published in 1983, and The Paper Man from 1982.

Although their names are not as familiar to American audiences, Indian Summer is a collaboration between two titans of European comics. Writer Hugo Pratt is an acknowledged genius. His comic The Ballad of the Salt Sea, often better-known by the title of its main character Corto Maltese, is masterpiece of Watchmen caliber that ranked #62 on the French "Greatest Books of the Century" list beating out On the Road and The Catcher in the Rye. Artist Milo Manara is best known for his erotic comics like Click! and Butterscotch, but he is also one of the finest artists comics has ever produced, whose luscious landscapes and beautiful women are unsurpassed.

Frank Miller says in his introduction to this volume that "Milo Manara must live in a beautiful world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Axel on January 30, 2012
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I've been reading and collecting comics for over 25 years, and throughout that time I had only ever seen glimpses of Manara's artwork, and of course, read about it in glowing terms. What little I did actually see of it was so impressive that I had made a commitment at some point to purchase his work when the opportunity presented itself, but I never actually sought it out. Luckily for me, I came across discussion of this volume in some forum when doing a bit of research on "Corto Maltese" and decided immediately I had to pick it up, and in good time too, as it's already sold out at the distributors (although I understand it may be primed for a second printing.)

The two stories drawn here by Manara, are quite literally some of the most beautiful comic art I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a lot. The foreword by Frank Miller and the introduction by another writer, both praise the sensuality of Manara's lines and the sophistication of his approach to graphic storytelling, and at first one might be tempted to dismiss these statements as the mere fluff of artistic or editorial acolytes. In truth even they fail to adequately express the incredibly detailed, opulent and haunting images Manara's lines produce. As an artist, Manara is not focused only on the beautiful or the female as some would have you believe. Nothing in the artist's work or repertoire receives more love or time than the other. Blades of grass, stalks of corn, gnarled roots of trees receive as much delicate treatment as a woman's bosom, a stubborn horse or even a cavern wall. What makes Manara's work important, is his ability to observe the world and then reduce it to its most important, most essential dimensions, so that the reader is enabled to observe the beauty for themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Palmiotti VINE VOICE on December 30, 2011
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I have been waiting for years for someone to publish these books into hardcovers and Dark Horse knocks it out of the park!
Honestly, my only problem is that I wish these were coming out monthly.

Do yourself a favor...if you love Manara or want to introduce his work to others, there is no better place to start.
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