Cover image for The death of Stalin / writer, Fabien Nury ; artist, Thierry Robin ; colors, Thierry Robin & Lorien Aureyre.
The death of Stalin / writer, Fabien Nury ; artist, Thierry Robin ; colors, Thierry Robin & Lorien Aureyre.
First edition.
Publication Information:
London : Titan Comics, 2017.
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119 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originally published in French in 2012 by Dargaud.

"Although inspired by real events, this book is nonetheless a work of fiction: artistic license has been used to construct a story from historical evidence that was at best patchy, at times partial, and often contradictory."--page [7]
Agony -- Funeral.
"On March 1, 1953, the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union -- Joseph Stalin -- had a severe stroke. A doctor could not be called until the Central Committee had convened, voted, and agreed on which doctor to use, a task made more complex by the fact that Stalin had just ordered the deaths of many of the Soviet Union's leading physicians. And so began the bureaucratic merry-go-round that became the intense and underhanded struggle for control of a nation."--Page [4] of cover
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The graphic novel that inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast - Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.

Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin's death in the Soviet Union in 1953.

When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke - the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened.

Author Notes

Fabien Nury - Born in France in 1976, Fabien Nury is a critically acclaimed comics writer.

Thierry Robin - Born in 1958 in Damery, Thierry Robin was first introduced to comics while attending the School of Fine Arts in Reims. His partnership with Fabien Nury has garnered critical and commercial success, first with The Death of Stalin and subsequently The Death of The Tsar.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This French graphic novel served as the basis for the upcoming film of the same name from Scottish director Armando Ianucci, and it's easy to see why the political shenanigans within appealed to the creator of Veep. Upon suffering a debilitating stroke that renders him paralyzed, Stalin lays frozen in his bed as ambitious politicos do everything in their power to thwart his recovery and insert themselves into the top spots in the Soviet government. Oozing with sleazy, appalling chicanery, the narrative by writer Nury (I Am Legion) and artist Robin (Death to the Tsar) captures a turbulent and disturbing period with solid visual storytelling. Robin depicts the sordid goings-on with elegant caricatures that give a clear view of the complete and utter awfulness of the cast, adding enough historical flair to nail down the era. It's proof of the theory that tragedy plus time equals (very dark) comedy. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Having murdered millions of his countrymen without cause, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) suffered his own end entangled in the fear he inspired. Inert from a stroke, Stalin remained unexamined for hours since his staff thought him drunk and dangerous. When deemed ill, his highest political associates put off assisting him, and his doctors proceeded ineptly since he had arrested the top physicians on ungrounded suspicions. But his actual death was only the beginning of a spy vs. spy-type power struggle among the Communist Party's Central Committee over who would now lead the nation. This darkly funny, satirical version draws on real events, originally reported only partially and with contradictions. -Nury's (coauthor with Robin, Death to the Tsar) script finds excellent realization in Robin's strongly etched characterizations, crafted in sepia/grey splashed with blood-red. -VERDICT Juicy and engrossing, this story speaks of a style in political machinations going back centuries and inspiring both revulsion and twisted admiration. Teens and adults following the current political scene will appreciate the background about our most powerful national frenemy. Note the forthcoming film from Armando -Iannucci.-MC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.