The secret rose : a Corto Maltese graphic novel

by Pratt, Hugo,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Corto Maltese enters the crossroads of magic and the occult, astrology and history, religion and mythology in the first English-language translation of Pratt's award-winning book.

Visiting the writer Hermann Hesse while researching alchemists with his old friend Professor Steiner, Corto drinks from the "source of the Alchemy Rose" and becomes immersed in a surreal and dreamlike adventure that involves Klingsor, the quest for the Holy Grail, Death, the Devil, and the Sandman, among others. This complexly plotted graphic novel was among Hugo Pratt's most philosophical ruminations on the imagination.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although Italy's Pratt is considered one of the comics medium's foremost masters, his work has been largely unseen in the U.S. Previous American editions have found lukewarm receptions due to stilted translations and production problems, but IDW has hit the target with its project to publish all 12 books starring Pratt's signature creation, the early-twentieth-century seafaring soldier of fortune Corto Maltese, in the original European album format. In this atypical adventure, originally published in 1987, Corto forsakes the usual swashbuckling for a metaphysical tale that finds him accompanying his friend Professor Steiner on a visit to the writer Hermann Hesse (the sailor often crosses paths with real-life figures). Borrowing Hesse's copy of Wolfram von Eschenbach's epic poem Parzival for bedtime reading, Corto dreams himself into the medieval romance and gets involved in the quest for the Holy Grail alongside the melancholic knight Klingsor. In the course of his illusory search, Corto encounters various mythological figures, including Death, the Devil, and an unexpectedly articulate King Kong. Unleashed by the fantastical setting, Pratt's masterful black-and-white drawings and bravura compositions (strongly influenced by the seminal adventure-strip artist Milton Caniff) are at their boldest. This rather anomalous volume isn't the best place to start the series, but Pratt should definitely be represented in any graphic novel collection.--Gordon Flagg Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese ; 11.
Subjects Corto Maltese -- (Fictitious character) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Adventure and adventurers -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Sailors -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Astrology -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Religion -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Mythology -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Occultism -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Magic -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher San Diego, CA :Euro Comics, an imprint of IDW Publishing,2019
Edition English edition.
Other Titles Elvetiche.
Corto Maltese.
Contributors Mullaney, Dean, 1954- translator.
Castaldi, Simone, translator.
Language English
Notes Translated from the Italian.
Maps and text on fold-out covers.
Description 76 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
ISBN 9781684054022
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