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The Cage

Martin Vaughn-James

Publisher: Coach House Books

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Summary

First published in 1975, The Cage was a graphic novel before there was a name for the medium. Cryptic and disturbing, it spurns narrative for atmosphere, guiding us through a labyrinthine series of crumbling facades, disarrayed rooms and desolate landscapes, as time stutters backward and forward. Within the cage's barbed-wire confines, we observe humanity only through its traces: a filmic sequence of discarded objects –Â? headphones, inky stains, dishevelled bedsheets –Â?Â? scored by a deafening cacophony of breaths, cries and unsettling silence.
 
This new edition, which includes an introduction by comics master Seth, brings Martin Vaughn-James's nightmarish vision to a new generation of readers.
 
Â?'I donÂ?t use the word "masterpiece" lightly. I think The Cage is a masterpiece of comic art.Â? Â?– Seth
 
'Vaughn-James remains a significant figure in comics history because his work was singular, literate, experimental, and often unsurpassably good.'
 
– The Walrus
 
'It is a masterpiece, demonstrating a level of skill and insight very few have even aspired to in the nearly 40 years since its initial publication … this work is strongly recommended for every true fan of the graphic arts.'
 
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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