Sabrina

Sabrina

Book - 2018
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THE FIRST EVER GRAPHIC NOVEL NOMINATED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE! LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION'S FIRST NOVEL PRIZE! "A profoundly American nightmare... The fictional killing in Sabrina is disturbing, but Drnaso doesn't fixate on the gore or the culprit; he's more concerned with how the public claims and consumes it, spinning out morbid fantasies with impunity... It's a shattering work of art." Ed Park, New York TimesConspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything's gonna be all right - until it isn't.When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina's grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.The follow-up to Nick Drnaso's Beverly, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. Presenting an indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake-news climate. Timely and articulate, Sabrina leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster. How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Rate your overall mood from 1 to 5, 1 being poor. Rate your stress level from 1 to 5, 5 being severe. Are you experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide? Is there anything in your personal life that is affecting your duty?

When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina's grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation shown through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.

The follow-up to Nick Drnaso's Beverly , winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. Presenting an indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake-news climate. Timely and articulate, Sabrina leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Published in the USA by Drawn & Quarterly, a client publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux ; [Montreal, Quebec] : Published in Canada by Drawn & Quarterly, a client publisher of Raincoast Books, c2018
ISBN: 9781770463165
177046316X
Branch Call Number: GN S
Characteristics: 203 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm

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This is a textbook of paranoia, but the question isn’t whether you’re paranoiac, it’s whether you’re paranoiac enough.

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sheepsheets
Jan 24, 2019

A story relevant to our current time and state. Though the drawing style wasn't entirely to my taste, the use of color is beautiful-- Drnaso is clearly a talented artist and story teller. I love the format of the graphic novel to allow for space/silence/emptiness, and it's used well in this book.

DPLjennyp Jan 06, 2019

Difficult, necessary.

LPL_EliH Nov 30, 2018

You never know which way Sabrina will go next. What starts as an introspective, measured view of people processing a shared trauma develops into a gripping emotional thriller. Drnaso brilliantly uses the graphic medium to incubate feelings of paranoia and grief; deep into its pages, you feel the dizzying loss of control firsthand.

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becker
Nov 19, 2018

I'm a bit undecided about this. The art work was not to my taste at all but I did find it to be a thoughtful look at the current state of our culture. It was compelling in its own way.

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krsbozo
Sep 05, 2018

Another dark book. So many of them out there in these dark times. I liked it. A quick read, although I took a break in the middle to read another book. This one covers the role of social media and conspiracy theories in stealing and owning the stories of people who are murdered, and how those left behind are forced to deal with such hatred and craziness instead of being able to grieve for those they lost. I'm thinking Alex Jones and his insane ideas about Sandy Hook...

JCLIanH Aug 28, 2018

Nick Drnaso's breakout short story collection Beverly set high expectations for the followup, and Sabrina exceeds those expectations. It's a remarkably deft handling of the modern post-truth world where fake news create very dangerous real world concerns. Sabrina is about people looking for connection and how baseless conspiracy theories can help some people rationalize the irrational.

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