El arte de volar és una novel·la gràfica del guionista Antonio Altarriba i del dibuixant Kim editada per Edicions de Ponent que es va publicar per primera vegada. from “The Art of Flying”. by Antonio Altarriba Translated by Adrian West. Click image below to enlarge. From El arte de volar. Published by Ediciones de Ponent . El arte de volar by Antonio Altarriba, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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It is a sad, sad graphic novel, heartbreaking and very engaging on what it means to live under a dictatorship. His portrait of the Republicans, the war, the dictatorship, and exile, are as real as they are effective. Antoni chapter closes with a premonitory sentence about what will come after: According to White, historical facts can only be free from subjective contamination if the entities are prelinguistic.

This mix of novel and history has many examples, but without a doubt the autobiography is the example which has the most profound connections as it is situated on middle ground.

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There, he will be a driver, then be forcibly enlisted in the Phalange army, will defect, join the Republican army with the anarchists then the communists, then will become a refugee in France, be interned in a refugee camp, will escape, be captured, will escape again before being deported to Germany, be captured again, be sent to the labor volun A really sad and powerful story about a young man, born and raised in the country, who hates it and wants to go to the city in Spain in the early s.

The treatment of these characters in El arte de volar is where the story gains most credibility. With this term he refers to the emotional relationship established between an author and his object of study. How Altarriba does this in El arte de volar is what I will prove in this paper. It is interesting to note the plot turn that develops here.

Deciding to return to Spain, Altarriba said: No trivia or quizzes yet. Books by Antonio Altarriba. Reading for myself was different and it took awhile to get use to it. Through him we can revisit the hardships of life in Spain at the start of the century, the Civil War, exile, the concentration camps, the resistence against the Germans, the black market, Franco’s ‘desarollismo’, and the coming of democracy… This provides Antonio Altarriba with the material for a heartbreaking script in which he himself is profoundly implicated.


Kim provides the images, and together they create a vibrant story in which all the suffering and atrocities fail to prevent love and laughter from having their place as well. Returning to Maus, one must remember the distinctive point of views of Vladek and Art when approaching the story, one as the survivor and the other as the son of the survivor. Tuve que enterrar la dignidad y los ideales.

Through a succession of four vignettes the reader finds himself in the battles of Belchite between August 24 to September 6, and Teruel December 15, through February 22, and attains a temporal reference. As for the altarrba and truth in El arte de volar there are two points to highlight.

View volwr 3 comments. If anything is missing from the work, it is the falsification of many Civil War representations where the band of Republicans appears to be without sin before the diabolical characters of the Nationalists. It’s also told as if from the perspective vloar his antnoio, which is an interesting move he makes in a kind of meta-fictional way: I really liked it, it’s a kind of important moment in the altarrbia of comics that now we English-speakers can experience.

But even more, Kim is a master of backgrounds where nothing is improvised and each page appears balanced with the goal of not interrupting the rhythm of the story, broken only with the appearance of dream scenes.

Like many men and women in the twentieth century he had attempted to build a fairer world, but History turned its back on him; he wanted to fly with wings of hope, but only ended up crashing. Lists with This Book. Refresh and try again. You’d be silly not to read it if you are at all interested in Spanish history or how humans cope with tragedy, even if you don’t like comics. In the book I make him take part in Belchite and Teruel to give a more complete vision of how the war played out.

Over time, they become volarr and the narrative character in the reflexive texts becomes more prominent, telling more of the pain of Altarriba son seeing what was left of his disappearing father than the actual reflections of the protagonist narrator.


Zaragoza goes from being the heart of the birth of the second republic and its defense 43—48to being the symbol of every capital altarribs the hands of the Nationals. And these compromises will transform him, reduce him slowly to a shadow of his former self.

Those ninety years are what Altarriba will recount in El arte de volar. The first has to do with the referenciality arrte, from a constructivist point of view, acts as a dose of fiction or subjectivity in any kind of framework.

The tons of awards it won were certainly deserved. In El arte de volar, Altarriba tries to achieve that pact, at least in fifty percent of arrte text Kim is the artist and as a result is also author of the comicthrough the fusion of father and son.

El arte de volar by Antonio Altarriba

They are images that represent, like no others, Nazi camps and which are seen again in the work of eel comic authors like Joe Sacco. But he gambled with his life joining the Republican side. The same occurs with cities.

The distinct losses that occur thoughout the story 61, imply the loss of the aforementioned bonds: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Madeline episode he told me in full detail, except for the most erotic parts. Antpnio Altarriba, the mother of his child was nothing more than a reminder of his unhappiness.

To see volqr your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Published June by Ediciones de Ponent first published Kim helps to unite the form and content in the construction of one of the most interesting comics to emerge from the last years.

Both the writer and the more famous artist Kim are stunning in blending the dark and the gay at the same time, and never being queezy at showing how apathy, ignorance, and greed combine ds destroy the ability ‘to fly’.

I may not have reliable proof but it seems realistic to me. These gray zones are fundamentally focused on two portrayals: