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The Contradictions Reviews

The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow

The Contradictions

Sophie Yanow

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1 review

Category: Graphic Novels
Imprint: Drawn and Quarterly
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Publication date: 8 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781770464070

The Eisner Award-winning story about a student figuring out radical politics in a messy world.

4 stars out of 5
Rachel Cooke
12 Oct 2020

"This funny story of a student’s trip abroad with her new anarchist friend will resonate with anyone who has been a fresher"

Drawn in black and white, Yanow’s figures are a couple of rectangles topped by the circles of their anoraks, rucksacks and spectacles, while the boulevards and canals around them appear hardly at all. But though such a pared-back style can hardly be said to be beautiful, it’s perfect here. As they trudge from city to city, their days bereft of beauty, variety and everyday joy, Sophie and Zena could be almost anywhere. In the end, for all its comedy, The Contradictions is a book about how principles, if too firmly held, can make a person blind – not just to new ideas, but to all the good things in the world.

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