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The Red Zone Reviews

The Red Zone by Silvia Vecchini, Sualzo

Red Zone, The:An Earthquake Story: An Earthquake Story

Silvia Vecchini, Sualzo

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1 review

Category: Graphic Novels
Imprint: Amulet Books
Publisher: Abrams
Publication date: 10 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781419733680

"A ... portrayal of a boy and his town in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Italy"--

4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
6 Sep 2019

"a restrained, poignant graphic novel"

This restrained, poignant graphic novel — written by Silvia Vecchini and illustrated by Antonio Vincenti under his pseudonym Sualzo — draws on real-life events, namely the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Italy three years ago, devastating Apennine towns and villages and causing about 300 deaths. The depiction of the tremor itself is sensitive and effective. Rather than show buildings collapsing as in a disaster movie, the authors adopt a less melodramatic, more intimate approach. Bottles shake on tables. Books tumble from shelves. A mother and daughter cower in the darkness by the light of a torch as strange sounds reverberate through the house around them.