Friday, May 19

Dominique Goblet - Pretending Is Lying (2016)

"The first book to appear in English by the acclaimed Belgian artist Dominique Goblet, Pretending Is Lying is a memoir unlike any other. In a series of dazzling fragments—skipping through time, and from raw, slashing color to delicate black and white—Goblet examines the most important relationships in her life: with her partner, Guy Marc; with her daughter, Nikita; and with her parents. The result is an unnerving comedy of paternal dysfunction, an achingly ambivalent love story (with asides on Thomas Pynchon and the Beach Boys), and a searing account of childhood trauma—a dizzying, unforgettable view of a life in progress and a tour de force of the art of comics."
NY Times: A Belgian Artist’s Graphic Memoir Looks at the Sometimes Tortured Course of Love
NPR: With A Photographer's Eye, A French Cartoonist Interrogates Truth
Pretending Is Lying is a Mystifying, Satisfying Hidden Gem