Item #900837 A Jew in Communist Prague: l. Loss of Innocence; 2. Adolescence; 3 Rebellion, 3 Volume Set (Complete). Vittorio Giardino.

A Jew in Communist Prague: l. Loss of Innocence; 2. Adolescence; 3 Rebellion, 3 Volume Set (Complete)

New York: ComicsLit, 1997.
Illustrated by the author. Paperback.

Translation by Jacinthe Leclerc & Joe Johnson. A 3-volume graphic novel about life behind the iron curtain by one of Italy’s leading comic artists.

  1. Loss of Innocence (1-56163-180-9, 1997). Jonas Finkel is growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, son of middle class formerly influential Jewish parents, leading a regular life and bothering no one. Suddenly his father is arrested and disappears. His mother, left to fend for herself in an increasing array of bureaucratic entanglements forbidding her to even eke out a living, protests as best she can. The official reason is their bourgeois background. The real reason is anti-semitic resentment and the more she stirs things up, the more she and Jonas get into trouble.
  2. Adolescence (1-56163-197-3, 1997). The next chapter in this highly praised tale of life behind the iron curtain finds Jonas Finkel reaching his teen years. His father is still not to be seen and he and his mother are scraping by. Jonas, denied a good education, goes from menial job to menial job but then finds work in a bookstore. Government agents force Jonas to spy on the owner for them but he secretly rebels by joining a daring group of teens who read and collect forbidden literature. The group includes a girl with the most disturbing pair of blue eyes…
  3. Rebellion (1-56163-209-0, 1998). The authorities are getting a notion of underground literary movements of the type Jonas has joined and the screws are being turned to ferret them out. As it turns out, Jonas discovers his bookstore owner boss is deeply involved in one himself and the authorities are onto him. Jonas braves great danger to help him out. Meanwhile, the girl he’s gotten involved with is under tremendous pressure to not see him. The more pressure they come under, however, the harder their resolve to see each other strengthens.


Item #900837

8-5/8" x 11-9/16", stiff pictorial wrappers, 48pp, 48pp, 56pp, illustrated throughout in vivid color.

Clean of owner’s marks, a bit of rubbing and wear to wrappers, ¼” tear top-edge of rear panel Vol. 2, scratches front panel Vol. 3, very good set.

Price: $60.00