Cover image for The Golden House of Samarkand / Hugo Pratt.
The Golden House of Samarkand / Hugo Pratt.
Publication Information:
San Diego : IDW Publishing, 2018.

Physical Description:
1 volume : chiefly illustrations (colour).
General Note:
Map on endpapers.

Corto Maltese


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1 Bob Harkins Branch PRA Graphic Novel Adult Graphic Novels

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Set in the years 1921-22, the action soon shifts to Turkey, Azerbaijan, and the Caspian Sea, following the footsteps of the legendary Silk Road, as Corto Maltese searches for the fabled treasure of Alexander the Great.

A parade of fascinating characters are introduced, including the Whirling Dervishes, Joseph Stalin (with whom Corto is on a first-name basis), the Hashinin sect of assassins, the Turkish general Enver Pasha, and the return of Venexiana Stevenson and Rasputin (who has just escaped from the dreaded prison known as "The Golden House of Samarkand.")

Pratt further explores the theme of dual personality, as Corto tries to evade his doppelganger, the Turkish revolutionary Timur Chevket, mindful of his mother's warning that coming face to face with his look-alike would bring about future tragedy.

Author Notes

Hugo Pratt (1927-1995) is considered one of the great graphic novelists in the history of the medium. His strips, graphic works, and watercolors have been exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris and the Vittoriano in Rome, and a landmark show in 2011 at the Pinacotheque in Paris drew 215,000 visitors, hailing Pratt as "the inventor of the literary comic strip."

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