In the Shadow of No Towers (Pantheon Graphic Library) Board book – Illustrated, 7 September 2004
Board book, Illustrated
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The central image in the sequence of original broadsides, which returns as a leitmotif in each strip, is Spiegelman's Impressionistic "vision of disintegration," of the North Tower, its "glowing bones...just before it vaporized." (As downtown New Yorkers, Spiegelman and his family experienced the event firsthand.) But the images and styles in the book are as fragmentary and ever-shifting as Spiegelman's reflections and reactions. The author's closing comment that "The towers have come to loom far larger than life...but they seem to get smaller every day" reflects a larger and more chilling irony that permeates In the Shadow of No Towers. Despite the ephemeral nature of the comic strip form, the old comics at the back of the book have outlasted the seemingly indestructible towers. In the same way, Spiegelman's heartfelt impressions have immortalized the towers that, imponderably, have now vanished. --Silvana Tropea
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- Item Weight : 1 kg 270 g
- ISBN-10 : 0375423079
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375423079
- Board book : 42 pages
- Dimensions : 25.65 x 2.24 x 36.83 cm
- Publisher : Pantheon; Illustrated edition (7 September 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #288,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read Art Spiegleman's Maus a few months ago and it was one of the most poignant books I had every read. I feel so lucky to have been able to get In the Shadow of No Towers which is every bit as important in capturing the hysteria, fear, and struggle to make meaning of 9/11. Thank you!