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Parenthesis Reviews

Parenthesis by Elodie Durand

Parenthesis

Elodie Durand

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Category: Graphic Novels
Imprint: Top Shelf Productions
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Publication date: 12 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781603094818

A triumph of graphic memoir, Parenthesis narrates the author's experience with tumor-related epilepsy--losing herself, and finding herself again.

5 stars out of 5
Rachel Cooke
2 Mar 2021

"a book I began to think of as a classic even before I’d finished it"

There are so many good graphic memoirs about illness: when it comes to ill-defined symptoms, and to the way that time contracts and expands in the sickroom, comics seem to reach places that words cannot. But Élodie Durand’s Parenthesis, which has already won several awards in her native France, really is extraordinary: a book I began to think of as a classic even before I’d finished it. If its author is expert in the matter of pain – able to convey the qualities of a headache in a single, scrawled black line – she’s even better on the ticking of the clock. As its title suggests, Durand wants to know what it means for the future when the present is paused – and thanks to this, its publication in English could hardly have come at a better, more resonant moment.

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