In this dystopic coming-of-age graphic novel, two brothers try to discover the secret of their father’s diary.
Two young brothers and their father scavenge a post-apocalyptic landscape for anything that will keep them alive for one more day. Although their survival hangs in the balance, the boys are obsessed with only one thing?the diary their father keeps. They’ve never been taught to read or write, but they have a hunch that the scribbles might be the answer to all their questions. Juxtaposing stark savagery with poignant compassion, Land of the Sons is Gipi’s most artistically accomplished work to date.
About the Author
Gipi (Gianni Pacinotti) is an Italian cartoonist whose graphic novel 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. He lives in Pisa, Italy.
Gipi develops a naturalism and human quality often missing from SF survival fantasies. ... the art reveals a credible vast alternative landscape of mud, water, reedy islands, makeshift boats, and strange and hostile patched-together colonies. It’s a strikingly envisioned imaginary world. — Publishers Weekly
Presenting itself in an anarchic parade of anger, impulse, and violence, Land of the Sons moves with a rare energy. … Gipi draws like a maniac. He composes each figure as an accumulation of circles spiraling endlessly on top of one another until they become recognizable—as a shape, as texture, as light. The whole thing is an illustrative tour de force.
— The A.V. Club
This evocative, thought-provoking graphic novel will be sure to linger in the reader’s mind long after the last page is turned. — Booklist
Gipi’s lines work together to convey deep emotion, even in the landscape, with large blocks of negative space lending them more power. Spend some time looking at these drawings. They are magic. — Paste
Gipi's most fully realized and mature work to date. — Library Journal