The Book(s) of Love No. 13: Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

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“But at that moment, all I could think was, ‘How are we ever going to find each other?'”

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This is a beautiful graphic novel (the art above is from one of the first pages) about art, aesthetics, hubris, human error, and relationships.  That’s also, probably, only about half the story.  The main character is an architect named Asterios Polyp, who loses everything and slowly has to begin building a life again.  Mazzucchelli moves back and forth through time, showing how Asterios has shaped his own reality and how he, eventually, tears it apart.  The main thread has to do with his relationship with lover, then wife, Hana.  It’s a brainy story, but also quite human and gorgeous to look at.

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