Cover image for Voices in the dark / by Ulli Lust ; translated by John Brownjohn ; translation adapted by Nika Knight ; English lettering by Kevin Cannon.
Title:
Voices in the dark / by Ulli Lust ; translated by John Brownjohn ; translation adapted by Nika Knight ; English lettering by Kevin Cannon.
ISBN:
9781681371054
Publication Information:
New York : New York Review Comics, 2017.

©2017
Physical Description:
364 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Based on a novel by Marcel Beyer"
Abstract:
"Germany, in the final years of the Third Reich. Hermann Karnau is a sound engineer obsessed with recording the human voice in all its variations--the rantings of leaders, the roar of crowds, the rasp of throats constricted in fear--and indifferent to everything else. Employed by the Nazis, his assignments take him to party rallies, to the eastern front, and into the household of Joseph Goebbels. There he meets Helga, the eldest daughter: bright, good-natured, and just beginning to suspect the horror that surrounds her. Based on the acclaimed novel by Marcel Beyer, Voices in the Dark is the first graphic novel by the award-winning cartoonist Ulli Lust. It is the story of an unlikely friendship and of a childhood betrayed, a grim parable of natnd evil, and a vivid, unsettling masterpiece of comics storytelling. As Germany descends into chaos, Helga's and Hermann's lives intertwine, then finally collide. In Hitler's Berlin bunker, with the Red Army closing in, Hermann receives his greatest assignment: recording the Führer's final words--and the last moments of Helga and her family.
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Germany, in the final years of the Third Reich. Hermann Karnau is a sound engineer obsessed with recording the human voice in all its variations-the rantings of leaders, the roar of crowds, the rasp of throats constricted in fear-and indifferent to everything else. Employed by the Nazis, his assignments take him to party rallies, to the eastern front, and into the household of Joseph Goebbels. There he meets Helga, the eldest daughter- bright, good-natured, and just beginning to suspect the horror that surrounds her.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Marcel Beyer, Voices in the Dark is the first graphic novel by the award-winning cartoonist Ulli Lust. It is the story of an unlikely friendship and of a childhood betrayed, a grim parable of na'vetU and evil, and a vivid, unsettling masterpiece of comics storytelling. As Germany descends into chaos, Helga's and Hermann's lives intertwine, then finally collide. In Hitler's Berlin bunker, with the Red Army closing in, Hermann receives his greatest assignment- recording the F3hrer's final words-and the last moments of Helga and her family.


Author Notes

Ulli Lust 's award-winning memoir Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life was called a osprawling, meditative graphic novel (that) ripples with exuberanceo by The New York Times . Her published work includes pieces of comics journalism as well as erotic-mythological poems. She runs the online publishing company www.electrocomics.com. She was born in Vienna and lives and works in Berlin.

Marcel Beyer is a writer known for his 1995 novel The Karnau Tapes , upon which Ulli Lust's graphic novel, Voices in the Dark , is based. He is a visiting professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Following her award-winning graphic novel memoir Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life, Lust adapts The Karnau Tapes, Beyer's dense, dark novel set during the collapse of the Third Reich. She is more than up to the task, transmuting the material with visual imagination and insight. The narrative switches between two small cogs in the relentless machinery of the Reich: Hermann Karnau, a sound engineer who progresses from arranging the speakers at Nazi rallies to conducting bizarre aural experiments on concentration camp prisoners, and Helga, the eldest daughter of Joseph Goebbels, who, along with her siblings, is destined to be murdered by her parents in Hitler's bunker. Lust's loose, deceptively simple art, tinted in washes of faded color, creates a mood of deepening claustrophobia as the complicit Karnau and the innocent Helga descend toward the same fate. It's a rare adaptation that, rather than simply transcribing the source material, transcends it. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Ignorance turns from bliss into waking nightmares for the two protagonists of this graphic adaptation of German author Beyer's novel Flughunde (The Karnau Tapes). Set in Nazi Germany, the story centers on audio engineer Hermann Karnau, whose job allows him to pursue his obsession with capturing the human voice, even as it involves amplifying the speeches of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler. Karnau encounters Goebbels's eldest daughter Helga throughout the war years, the two forming a mutually cherished friendship. While Karnau remains blind to the evil of the Third Reich, Helga gradually realizes the widening gap between the reassurances of the adults around her and the clear, present danger of her reality. Readers can debate how well Lust's (Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life) frequently dark palette and gangling comic strip artwork punctuated by scenes of destruction distill the novel's essence as well as her management of the narrative flashbacks and flash-forwards, as the story reaches its melancholy conclusion. Verdict A strong optional purchase for fans of the source material, Lust, or historical wartime fiction. Disturbing imagery and content throughout; suitable for teens and up.-J. Osicki, Saint John Free P.L., NB © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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