|Fagin the Jew (2003) [Graphic Novel]|
by Will Eisner
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With Fagin the Jew
, Will Eisner proves himself once again to be not only a master of comic storytelling but also an incisive literary and social critic. Throughout his comics career, which has spanned seven decades, Eisner grew increasingly frustrated with the stubbornly pervasive Jewish stereotypes found in classic literature. Upon examining the original editions of Oliver Twist
and the accompanying illustrations, he decided to set the record straight - using information gleaned from his research to tell the story of Fagin that Charles Dickens neglected.
In his award-winning style, Eisner portrays the notorious villain as a troubled and complex man and tells the tale of his life and of London's Ashkenazic community in Fagin's own words. Fagin the Jew is part biography, part polemic, and entirely engaging, and Eisner's empathy for this mistreated character lends an extraordinary richness to his artwork, ever evocative and complex.
In a fresh, compelling look at prejudice, poverty, and anti-semitism, Fagin the Jew blends image and prose in an unforgettable examination of history.
Original title: Fagin the Jew
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural→ Jewish
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