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A stunning new graphic novel about dance by a brilliant young French author—absorbing and thrillingly minimalisticAs a very young girl, Polina Oulinov is taken on as a special pupil by the famous ballet teacher Professor Bojinsky. He is very demanding and refuses to adapt his standards to the talents of his pupils, and Polina has to work hard and make great sacrifices in oA stunning new graphic novel about dance by a brilliant young French author—absorbing and thrillingly minimalisticAs a very young girl, Polina Oulinov is taken on as a special pupil by the famous ballet teacher Professor Bojinsky. He is very demanding and refuses to adapt his standards to the talents of his pupils, and Polina has to work hard and make great sacrifices in order to reach the level Bojinsky senses she has the talent for. When she graduates and is admitted to the official theater school, she discovers that Bojinsky’s view of ballet is only one of many and that she can’t adapt to new rules, new visions. She flees Russia for Berlin, where she meets a group of drama students. Together they create a new form of theater—and conquer the world. Brilliantly drawn, this moving and intimate story of self-discovery confirms Bastien Vivès as one of the most exciting talents at work in the graphic novel field today....

Title : Polina
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ISBN : 9780224096935
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Polina Reviews

  • Seth T.
    2019-02-20 22:13

    I had sat down to write a review of Bastien Vivès’ Taste of Chlorine, a beautiful book that dances around the skirts of a public pool, exploring a relationship that develops amongst swimmers in that place. I had already finished my opener, a minor discussion of the wonder and mystery of language—of how we make ourselves known in the murk of the unknown. And then another book arrived on my doorstep, a package from Amazon UK. I hadn’t been expecting it so soon. It was publisher Jonathan Cape’s latest release from the author of the book I was at that moment reviewing. The book was Bastien Vivès’ Polina, and all hope of me finishing my Taste of Chlorine review that night was wholly evaporated.In September 2013, I returned from the Small Press Expo galvanized. In the midst of those gathered hundreds of artists and writers who had actually created wonderful and intricate works of comics art and story, I found myself compelled by the need to create one myself. I knew I didn’t have the time or confidence to do anything of real length so I thought I might try putting out a couple mini-comics. And who knows? Maybe that’ll help me better appreciate the form for my reviews? That’s what I was telling myself. But really, I wanted to build something substantial. Something, perhaps, great. In the back of my head and heart, I wanted to create a full-length graphic novel about classical dancers. Ballerinas, if you will. I have four astounding friends who are professional ballet dancers, scattered around the North American continent. Seeing them work so hard and struggle and succeed and stumble and rise is inspiring. I knew there was a fascinating story there. (I even doodled up some little sample art.)And then, in the middle of September, I saw on Zainab Akhtar’s site a news bulletin alerting readers to the English translation of Bastien Vivès’ Polina, a book concerned with the life of a Russian ballet dancer. Akhtar included some few page samples. I was floored. They were beautiful. I didn’t even have time to be upset that someone had beaten me to my half-formed zygote of a dream. I was too excited. I was only angry to find that the book wouldn’t be released in English until January (and in America, who knows?).[1]My excitement, as should be plain by the fact that I’m foregoing my Taste of Chlorine review, was well-justified. I had expected something good. I had even expected something beautiful. I had not, however, expected a work as accomplished and perfect as Polina.The first thing a reader will notice is Vivès’ illustrations. His figures are compositions of gestures, scaffolded together by the merest hint of connection. Thin lines and black blobs of ink dance across the canvas of each panel, outlining a space that I fear to paint too breathlessly. I’m very conscious of myself here and exerting considerable force on my need to wax eloquent in praise of what exactly Vivès does. His artwork is spare and organic. What appears on the page is often either ephemeral or fantastically dense. His layouts and choice of subject feel in every instance to be The Right Choice. He tells his story visually with such great aptitude that I cannot imagine this story being better served by any other illustrator.Sorry, there I go breathless again. I can’t tell the difference between objective praise and subjective adulation anymore, so please forgive me and read that into my review.In a book about dancers, perhaps the one great question is how well Vivès captures the flow and sublimity of the human form and the precise gracefulness required of it in the dance. I can’t say whether or not his work comes easily, but because Vivès conveys his subjects’ lithe and supple movement so naturally, his illustrations appear effortless. It helps that his style here is closer to impressionistic than realist; that allows him to focus on exhibiting his intent rather than working counter to purpose by getting lost in details. And while Vivès will occasionally fill his backgrounds with intricated set designs, he still more often provides either no background at all or only the merest fragile skeleton of a setting for his characters. This permits his dancers to float in negative space, buoyed in an elegant frame of nothingness. They are the subjects and they communicate with their bodies even apart from the context of the spaces they would actually be inhabiting. It’s a powerful technique and does much to lend weight to the presence of his actors.Vivès’ story is lively and important—in the sense that any time we follow a child through to adulthood, the movements that carry her along must be of great moment. And nearly every page of Polina works to this end. Every moment is of moment. Every moment is a work of art. At about the halfway point a friend relates a maxim to Polina, a little something that carries him through: “Dance is art. There is no opponent and no partner.” Polina, as Vivès presents her, is herself art. She is in every instance an artistic effort, a creative impulse intended to convey a creative impulse. Her carriage is practiced, her posture intentional. Bojinsky, the imposing figure who instructs Polina from her childhood, reminds that “The audience must see nothing except the emotion you are conveying. If you don’t show them grace and lightness, they will only see effort and strain.” Of her own intention or merely by Vivès fateful hand, Polina’s every appearance is an exploration of her teacher’s admonition. Vivès is intent on pushing tremendous readability into every panel. We know Polina’s thoughts by her look, by her face, by the way her body hangs in the space she occupies. We know her relationship to those around her by Vivès’ use of positioning and body language. In Polina‘s climax, Vivès redirects wholly our perception of things through a few panels in which he temporarily alters a character’s depiction—and in so doing, reveals the facade of so much of what we’ve already seen. It was a bravura moment. Vivès, without fanfare, turns so much of everything on its head and through a simple artistic decision gives the reader a lovely kind of insight into Polina and how her world has been composed. That single juncture of art and story elevated a very strong work to the level of greatness.[2]Concerning realism, I feel as though Polina is nearly entirely believable. I haven’t yet been able to consult my friends to see how much comports to their own experiences, but from what I do know, Vivès keeps our feet firmly planted in the world of dance as it is or may be. There was only a single moment in the book’s final act that felt perhaps a little too contrived, a little too convenient. All the same, I didn’t mind the strange twist of fate described because I found the rest of Vivès’ story so winning, his heroine so fascinating. I was happy for the opportunity to see her involved in a new circumstance, no matter how surprising, simply for the fact that it would give one more window into her soul. Or at least into the art of her existence on the page, specially prepared for the audience Vivès delivers to her.[3]Polina is a book about perception and appearance. The world as it is and the world as we see it and the world as we present it. Polina is about beauty and distress. Polina investigates, by charting a small dancer’s path to womanhood, the way the choices we make inform not only our circumstances but the manner in which we see those circumstances. It’s rare to find a tightly woven narrative that simultaneously gives its story the chance to breathe, but Polina does that. Nothing, not even the emptiness, feels as excess. All of it is present for its purpose, but Polina introduces us to the idea that being governed by a fate and destiny (as all stories are) doesn’t have to feel constrictive._______[Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad.]_______Footnotes1) And yes, I am that entitled sort of reader who demands that every book be continuously and presently available on the off chance that I will want it that week. It kills me to have to wait for wonderful things. I have no patience.2) It’s still very early in 2014, but I’m greatly looking forward to any book this year that is more magnificent or special than Polina. Because that book will be amazing.3) i.e. you and I and every other reader.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-01-26 17:14

    Polina joins an elite ballet school as a young girl taught by the demanding Professor Bojinsky. She becomes an accomplished dancer but, when she goes travelling, she discovers that there are many other forms of dance. She goes on to become a famous international dancer. This is a really insubstantial story to make a 200 page book out of! A dancer’s life could be interesting (I suppose?) but not like this. Watching Polina become a good ballerina, falling in love for the first time, discovering that – shock! – your first love is rarely your last, and then finding her place in an international dance troupe was beyond boring. Bastien Vives’ artwork is ok but it looks exactly like he sat in a dance studio and sketched the dancers – most of the book looks like it was made up of sketchbook pages. And he can’t convey “amazing” dance very well either. We see the different stages of a dance but there’s no sense of the stages synching up in any meaningful way. We’re told the dances are moving and powerful but all I saw on the page was static non-sequiturs. And then there’s Polina herself. Her “journey” discovering that there were other ways to dance – what?!? The banal revelation makes more sense when you realise she was a brain-dead drone with zero personality who just did whatever her teachers told her to do. There was nothing about her character or story that was remotely interesting or moving. “I want to dance a new way!” “Boo hoo, I can’t dance this way!” etc. etc. Give me a break! When the book suddenly interrupts with a “3 Years Later” page and Polina’s suddenly an internationally feted dance superstar, I laughed because It’s all so contrived. We don’t see anything on the page or in the story to suggest how this could have happened, we’re simply told to believe that’s what’s happened. She meets some dance dudes in Berlin, smash cut to 3 years later and everything’s gone swimmingly! Well, show don’t tell, Bastien. In this book, despite the good balance between silent and dialogue driven panels, there’s a lot of telling. I liked Bastien Vives’ last book, A Taste of Chlorine, but Polina was a completely unbelievable and badly plotted story with dull characters and overly stylised art.

  • Katie
    2019-01-31 21:10

    Graphic novel about a ballerina.Story doesn't flow, and pictures are so minimal in their content, they cannot add anymore information. The pictures were bad - Polina's nose is always black so it looks skull like and I couldn't always identify the other characters or what was happening.

  • Olavia Kite
    2019-02-07 22:10

    My husband gave me this book as a prize for having attended adult ballet class eight times. We read it together on a train from Düsseldorf to Berlin. I loved everything about it! (Except for the lettering in the English edition, and parts of the translation that didn't sound too natural.) I loved how the bodies flowed in swift brushstrokes, the simplicity of the drawings that conveyed so much. And the faces! The expression was so vivid. This book was a complete delight.

  • Dimitrisdx
    2019-01-24 19:00

    Αγαπώ το πόσο μη-προφανής είναι όλη η προσέγγιση του Vives. Τα σκίτσα δεν είναι λεπτομερή αλλά οι γραμμές τους είναι όλα όσα χρειάζεται να ξέρεις για την σχέση/την ένταση/την συναίσθηση όλων των ηρώων. Μουσική μπορεί να μην ακούς φυσικά σε όλη την διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης αλλά κάθε καρέ είναι τόσο μινιμαλιστικό που σε κάνει να την δημιουργείς μέσα σου μαζί με τους ήρωες γεμίζοντας κάθε σελίδα. Η ιστορία είναι αφαιρετική και δεν ζορίζεται να καλύψει όλες τις λεπτομέρειες όμως έχει όλα τα στοιχεία που χρειάζεται για να γίνει κατανοητή και συναισθηματικά έντονη η γραμμή από το ένα σημείο στο άλλο. Και η ίδια η Polina μπορεί να διαγράφει μια πορεία προς την αυτοανακάλυψη χωρίς ιδιαίτερες εκπλήξεις όμως είναι αληθινή, είναι τρισδιάστατη, είναι ένας χαρακτήρας που μέχρι το τέλος καταλαβαίνεις γιατί περνάει τα όσα περνάει και πώς επεξεργάζεται τον κόσμο γύρω της αλλά, κυρίως, μέσα της. Πάρα πολύ καλό ανάγνωσμα, πολύ διαφορετικό από την πομπώδη ζωή ενός ανερχόμενου καλλιτέχνη, προτείνεται ανεπιφύλακτα.

  • Ningtoutao
    2019-02-21 19:12

    There are some books that you really read and become immersed in the story, its world, its characters... This is one of it. An example of fine French art and story telling. It follows the life of a Russian ballet dancer - from the first page when she is a tiny beginner apprehensive about getting into the dance school, to the final page, an adult performer world-renowned and living in Paris - and her relationship with her dance mentor Bojinsky.The art is so simple, but of the best kind, where each stroke of the pen suggests details that not even the most intricate line work can deliver. Despite its simplicity, the drawings betray the mastery of the artist when it comes to human emotions, anatomy, architecture and city-scape. Read it even if you're a comics fan. It belongs in the class of good literature.

  • John
    2019-02-15 19:56

    Simple, unassuming, straightforward story of a Russian girl learning to be a ballerina from a very young age and her relationship with her mentor. Vives has an amazing skill with gesture; to the untrained eye it might look sloppy or messy, but it's remarkably accurate. It's a long book and there's nothing too flashy or surprising about it, but it's a great change of pace for me. There is a great bit of writing and art late in the book that I won't spoil, but Vives again knows how to make the best use of his style.

  • Julie lit pour les autres
    2019-02-14 14:01

    Un beau récit, très léger en texte, mais qui s'exprime surtout dans les lignes du dessin de Vivès. Parfois grasses, épaisses, quasiment lourdes; parfois, sinueuses, légères, minimalistes, les lignes me semblent le reflet du chemin complexe de Polina et la relation tendue qu'elle entretient avec le professeur. On pourrait reprocher le manque de contenu ou d'intrigue. Or, il me semble que ce serait ne pas tenir compte du caractère quasi impressionniste de ce récit, où le lecteur est toujours à quelques pas de Polina et retient son souffle lorsqu'elle s'approche de la scène pour danser.

  • Sara Houle
    2019-02-08 18:03

    J'ai beaucoup aimé le dessin et le scénario, mais je reste sur la défensive, par rapport à la fin. Je n'expliquerai pas pourquoi, pour ne pas appauvrir l'expérience de lecture des personnes qui ne l'ont pas encore lu. Une excellente BD, qui m'a fait réfléchir. Une plongée dans l'univers du ballet de haut niveau.

  • Amélie
    2019-01-31 18:57

    Absolument sublime.

  • Pedro Alhinho
    2019-01-30 21:53

    "sem graca e leveza o publico só vê esforço e dificuldade"da infancia à idade adulta acompanhamos o percurso de uma jovem que se afirma superando as dificuldades dos relacionamentos pessoais. uma historia de solidão no meio de muita gente.

  • antónio alves
    2019-02-01 14:59

    vol.5 da série III da coleção Novela Gráfica (Público/Levoir)

  • Matias
    2019-01-28 15:48

    Buen material. Interesante dibujo. Muy plástico a la hora de emular el movimiento. Son 200 páginas que se leen y disfrutan en unas dos horas.Me gusta el ritmo con el qué se mueve la historia a lo largo de los 25 años como bailarina de Polina. Me gusta el uso gráfico en cierto momento clave de la trama. Me gusta también porque el tema en sí ya me interesaba y quería saber algo más. Tampoco es que sea nada del otro mundo. Pero ya es bastante hacer algo que esté bien.Leer cosas como esta me hace pensar en que ojalá leyera más novela gráfica, y en que ojalá conociera a alguien que me pudiera orientar un poco en qué leer etc

  • MaggyGray
    2019-01-27 20:52

    Interessanter Zeichenstil, allerdings sind die Zeitsprünge und das Zwischenmenschliche ein bisserl zu kurz gekommen.

  • Miruna Caragheorgheopol
    2019-02-14 13:44

    This book was part of a french-graphic-novel gluttonous binge I went on recently, and I must admit that at 2 a.m. I am more easily impressionable than usual. However, I loved the mood of the book unconditionally: the inky sketchy flowy trait, the flowing structure that only seems to hit an ever-so-slight wrong note in the "3 years later" final part, the flowing plot that is an understated and minimal rendition of the coming-of-age of a ballerina. Pretty much everything is flowing. Even the major plot points are flowing.Flow aside, this is not a very dense book. It is a 200 pages tome that one can finish well within 2 hours. Even the main character is somehow light and insubstantial: you can see there are motivations, crisis states, visceral reactions, but you cannot really approach those, scrutinize them or truly see what is going on in Polina's head, which makes her look a bit impersonal. The narrative imposes a distance between the reader and the dancing girl on the book's stage, as if you were watching her through opera binoculars. The only hint you get that this is not the case is one moment you get two different renditions of the dance teacher, one from an outside point of view, one from supposedly her point of view. This is a wonderful achievement of writing and drawing blending together to serve a point, but the point they serve is pretty unclear.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-01-24 18:56

    Aunque no me cerraran un par de cosas y no sea un cuatro estrellitas redondo, promedio para arriba porque me encantó que este libro tuviera el final menos pechofrío que le he leído hasta ahora al Vivès. El dibujo, como siempre maravilloso, aunque extrañé un poco el color. El recurso de reducir las caras a su mínima expresión resulta más que interesante y los personajes se hacen muy queribles, aunque en su mayoría resulten bastante fríos, sobre todo la protagonista. Quizás después me explaye en algún aspecto en particular, pero por ahora sólo acoto que me siento cada vez más fan del Bastien ese.

  • prettybooks
    2019-02-16 16:54

    16/20Des dessins en noir et blanc qui jouent sur les nuances et les ombres. Une précision à couper le souffle et une représentation du ballet et de l’exigence de la discipline assez impressionnantes. Une BD qui se lit avec attention et concentration, qui s’admire aussi bien souvent. Même si Polina est peut-être un peu difficile à connaître entièrement, on la suit avec beaucoup d’intérêt.Ma chronique :

  • Matt Hunt
    2019-02-01 17:12

    I found this really difficult to follow initially. the pictures are fairly minimal, black white and one shade of grey. The shapes of the dancers are very well drawn though and as the layers of story build up it becomes very emotional. I don't think it would have worked quite as well if the artwork was any different. The book was like the ballet I guess, initially it looks easy, but there is a lot going on. I really liked it.

  • Saoirse
    2019-02-17 20:53

    Superbe. Un gros coup de cœur pour cette bande-dessinée. Le trait est magnifique. Bastien Vivès fait passer énormément d'émotions grâce à son dessin. Les mouvements sont extrêmement bien rendus, on a l'impression de voir les personnages danser sous nos yeux. Une petite déception concernant l'histoire, j'aurais aimé que la relation avec le professeur soit plus approfondie. La fin est belle.

  • Komuniststar
    2019-02-05 13:58

    Strip koji sam preletio jer mi je bio ok, ali ne i dovoljno zanimljiv/privlačan da bi se na njemu zadržao

  • Clairem
    2019-01-28 13:48

    Une belle BD qui réussit à faire partager des émotions avec des traits en noirs et blancs.

  • Dolceluna
    2019-02-20 22:12

    Entrata in biblioteca durante un afoso pomeriggio di Agosto, proprio mentre ero davanti agli scaffali dei fumetti e delle Graphic Novels, vedo un ragazzo che, seduto su un tavolo, è completamente immerso nella lettura di un giallo…quell’immersione totale, magnetica, sognatrice, che ha solo chi porta la lettura nel cuore. Il ragazzo è talmente assorto che non alza gli occhi nemmeno quando sente i miei passi avvicinarsi, un po’ lo invidio. E così, ispirata da questa scena e approfittando del vuoto totale della biblioteca, decido di fare una cosa che non ho mai fatto, ovvero, di pescare un libro e di mettermi a leggere anch’io lì, su un tavolo deserto, nel silenzio totale e alla frescura del condizionatore, circondata solo da libri. Sembra assurdo per un’amante dei libri e frequentatrice di biblioteche, ma non l’avevo mai fatto. E cosa pescare di meglio se non una lettura “veloce” come quella di una Graphic Novel? “Polina” di Bastien Vivès, mi ha chiamata dall’angolino del suo scaffale e si è fatto divorare in meno di un’ora. La storia è quella di una ballerina di danza classica, Polina appunto, e del rapporto, all’inizio difficile ma poi esclusivo, col suo primo maestro di danza, che le darà insegnamenti non solo sulla danza, ma anche insegnamenti di vita. Le vignette, con un tratto morbido, ci svelano gioie e difficoltà del bel mondo della danza classica ma ci parlando anche di volontà, orgoglio, riscatto e maturazione: di fatto, questo di Vivès si rivela una bella storia di formazione, dove l’Arte è la vita. Com’è finita? Nel libro con quel senso di malinconia e con quell’invito alla riflessione, tipico delle Graphic Novels. Nella biblioteca, mi volto e il ragazzo lettore assorto non c’è più, ma io sono certa di non aver avuto una visione. Segno che, con “Polina”, ero assorta anch’ fondo, da lettrice, non mi sarebbe dispiaciuto ringraziarlo per questo momento ispiratore!

  • Liralen
    2019-01-27 21:45

    I don't fully know what to make of this. It's a graphic novel about a Russian ballerina, starting with when she's quite young and auditioning for (what I assume is) a prestigious ballet school and moving on through her adolescence and into adulthood. The illustrations are spare, sometimes little more than sketches. For the most part this is fine—I found Polina's nose a little odd, and I would have loved more details when she dances (she's supposed to have incredible potential, but her dancing, too, is done in sort of impressionistic sketches), but for the most part it gets the job done admirably.But I don't know what to think about Polina. I don't think I ever truly understood who she is and what she wants: does she truly want to be a dancer, at the beginning of the book or ever? Is she in love with Bojinsky? When she leaves Bojinsky and struggles to adapt to the norms at the theatre...does she want to adapt? Or does she miss the type of precision that Bojinsky called for? I don't know. I don't know if, when she goes to Berlin and finds a new way to dance, it's something that she's enthusiastic about or just something that happens to fall in her lap and happens to work. I don't know why she ends up in Paris. I don't know what brings her joy, outside of dance. I'm not entirely sure that dance itself brings her job.Possibly that was, to an extent, the point: at the theatre, Polina is told over and over again to bring things alive, to step beyond technical beauty. But...I really never understood what made her tick, what was behind her elfin face, so it fell a little flat for me.

  • Vittorio Rainone
    2019-02-19 21:11

    Continua la pubblicazione by BV delle opere di Vives. Che probabilmente grazie a uno stile veloce riesce a sfornare roba a ritmi allucinanti. Basti vedere la sua bibliografia. A manco 25 anni ha scritto tipo 5 o 6 graphic novels. Né l'istintività del tratto passi per faciloneria: c'è un approccio sistematico da parte sua, e l'armonia delle anatomie riesce comunque a dare un aspetto gradevole alle pagine. Continua il suo percorso di narratore per immagini, magari in maniera meno "sperimentale" di quanto sia accaduto nel gusto del cloro o nei tuoi occhi: la narrazione è più convenzionale, più parlata, anche se le didascalie sono volutamente ed efficacemente assenti. I passaggi temporali si capiscono tutti alla perfezione, i volti, nonostante la penuria di particolari mostrati (quegli occhi che, sua caratteristica, compaiono solo in certi momenti per scomparire in altri) sono tutti immediatamente riconoscibili. Insomma: il narratore per immagini Vives è, manco a dirlo, maturo e convincente. La storia è carina, magari soffre un po' della gioventù dell'autore, ma solo in certi passaggi un po' troppo veloci. A fine romanzo si rimane di sicuro soddisfatti. Il gusto del cloro rimane il suo capolavoro, ma Polina lo metterei in seconda posizione.

  • Natasja
    2019-02-08 17:49

    God, wat mooi... Het verhaal, de tekeningen, de boodschap, de eenvoud. We volgen Polina vanaf zesjarige leeftijd, een kind, meisje en later vrouw met een eigen sterke wil, die haar weg zoekt in het leven. Ze maakt niet de meest evidente keuzes, en loopt soms met haar gezicht tegen de muur, en is dat nu net niet wat het leven is... Vooral haar relatie met haar eerste leermeester Bozjinski is fascinerend, en wat een fantastisch beeld wanneer ze jaren later, als volwassen vrouw, met hem uit gaat eten, en hem ziet zoals anderen hem zien. Een beeld met zoveel inhoud, figuurlijk dan, dat ik er letterlijk 5 minuten naar gestaard heb, om het binnen te krijgen. Heel mooi tekenwerk ook, met ongelooflijk elegante en energieke dansscènes. Alles in zwart, wit en grijs, maar toch zo fijn en sfeervol.

  • Eleonora Di Nucci
    2019-01-30 18:14

    *** 1/2"La danza è un'arte. E un'arte non s'impara. Bisogna averla nel sangue. Poi bisogna lavorare. Con me lavorerete ogni giorno e, credetemi, dovrete resistere. Se mi ascolterete e lavorerete con intelligenza, forse potrete diventare delle grandi ballerine.""Un artista è sempre insoddisfatto. Perché ricerca la perfezione. Ed è solo alla fine della sua vita che potrà rendersi conto del reale valore di ciò che ha realizzato."

  • Onur Y
    2019-01-25 16:07

    Esasında kitaba dair son derece duygusal bir şeyler yazacaktım ama sonradan bunun vücudumu esir olan mikrobun bende yarattığı hassasiyetle alakalı olduğunu düşündüm. Lakin nekahet dönemimi yaşadığım şu dönemde, kitabın hissettirdiği duygusallığın halen bâki olduğunu söylemem gerekir. Gerçek şu ki Bastien Vivès'i takip etmem gereken çizerler arasına acilen dahil etmeliyim.On numara, beş yıldız. Çok beğendim. Bu kadar çok beğendiğim eser de 5 yıldız alır arkadaş!

  • Gorik Bellemans
    2019-02-17 20:51

    This was a very good graphic novel. As an aspiring dancer (taking auditions in the next few months) it's really nice to read about the hardships of a dancer's life. It's no joke, but you sacrifice it all because you love it. Nice art (not too sophisticated but it fits the story really well). Overall a quick and enjoyable read.

  • mister0sc
    2019-01-26 21:48

    This book was really entertaining and moving for me, it reminded me of the movie the black swan.I really enjoyed the relations between characters and the effortless drawings. I was really into the story

  • Jodie Warner
    2019-01-27 19:03

    Haunting graphics and surprisingly suspenseful. I kept on waiting for a climax but it didn’t come. A beautiful story about the trials and tribulations of the life of a professional dancer. Recommend for all those who love dance.