The Abaddon

The Abaddon A young man finds himself trapped in a bizarre apartment with a group of ill matched roommates He quickly discovers that his new home doesn t adhere to any rational laws of nature and poses a strange

  • Title: The Abaddon
  • Author: Koren Shadmi
  • ISBN: 9781940878058
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A young man finds himself trapped in a bizarre apartment with a group of ill matched roommates He quickly discovers that his new home doesn t adhere to any rational laws of nature, and poses a strange enigma a puzzle he needs to solve in order to escape It s no help that both him and his roommates are missing crucial parts of their memories and identities he must tryA young man finds himself trapped in a bizarre apartment with a group of ill matched roommates He quickly discovers that his new home doesn t adhere to any rational laws of nature, and poses a strange enigma a puzzle he needs to solve in order to escape It s no help that both him and his roommates are missing crucial parts of their memories and identities he must try and gather the missing pieces as he struggles to find a way out This existential mystery, loosely based on Jean Paul Sartre s play No Exit , lures you, the reader, into a horror house of lust, angst, and madness As you venture deeper and deeper into the darkest recess of The Abaddon, you will begin to wonder if you ll ever see the light of day again.

    One thought on “The Abaddon”

    1. La storia è davvero claustrofobica (e io amo le storie claustrofobiche). Il protagonista, Ter, si ritrova in un appartamento, apparentemente in affitto, da cui non riesce a uscire e in cui dovrà convivere con quattro coinquilini alquanto bizzarri e "disfunzionali", per così dire. Cercherà sia di trovare una via d'uscita, sia di ricostruire i suoi ricordi, che gli si presentano sotto forma di sogni lucidi, secondo le sue parole più reali della realtà che sta vivendo. Anche noi lettori scopr [...]

    2. Abandon is a Hebrew term used to refer to the realm of the dead. In this story it is presented as a house in modern times. I loved the art work and the story as the main character goes on his discovery of his place and predicament. I will definitely have to check this out of my local library again as it has depth not fully fathomed by 1 read.

    3. First, I want to say that Koren Shadmi is a versatile artist, but one who seems to gravitate towards a kind of mirroring and balance between internal and external experience. Or perhaps it is more of a wrestling match. A struggle. His individual images seen in his site's editorial works korenshadmi/works/edit have a kind of balanced unbalancing quality. They are a bit aggressive in their insistence on looking into, through, and past things all at once. They seem to want to pull you toward fallin [...]

    4. A surrealist look at a possible afterlife through dreamlike wanderings into erotic fantasy. Certainly ambitious and with plenty of kafkaesque questions raised the only gripe would be a handful of factors making it feel a bit derivative of other similar narrative explorations of a purgatory; am I dead? Am I dreaming? Type world. I also felt that thought there was certainly some creative ideas there seemed to be a bit too much loose stream-of-consciousness type aspects that if they had been reigne [...]

    5. The art is cool and there are some creepy characters. In the end though, most of the situations in the book fall into a pattern: growing sexual desire ending in mild violence. The characters, while being creepy at times, are a bit too flat to take the story very far. And the memories of the main character don't actually end up building to anything conclusive. In the end, entertaining but not resonant. And, oddly, the book has quite a few spelling errors.

    6. Storywise nothing really surprised me but it was strong and interesting enough to keep me going. As to the art, I wass oddly satisfied with it, I liked his style and found his images at times exceptional. Recommended for those who love new fields built on old ones - and there really is nothing wrong about that.

    7. Not as good as last exit. Past a certain point the novelty wears off but the art is really good and the resolution was good.

    8. Much like the main character, you don't really know where you are, but you know to keep going. At first, it seems like the mystery isn't so much of a mystery. However, as the story continues, you start crawling through the emotional and mental muck of The Abaddon and it's tenants. Eventually, the puzzles stop making sense and the rules seem to be non existent. But there is a little light at the end Though it poses more questions than answers, it seems you've arrived in peace.

    9. One of those stories that sticks with you after reading it. Haunting and atmospheric, The Abaddon has the dreamlike quality of the best psychological horror. At turns reminiscent of Silent Hill: The Room, and the delirium-fuelled worlds of David Lynch and Guy Maddin, The Abaddon takes a somewhat familiar plot and ends with an understated whimper that is both narratively satisfying and disturbing.

    10. Graficamente molto bello, a partire dalla copertina per arrivare ai disegni un po' graffiati nella loro griglia immutabile. Ho scoperto dopo che si tratta di una storia pubblicata a puntate su internet e alla fine raccolta in volume grazie a un crowdfunding. Purtroppo l'idea di fondo è semplice e lungo il testo non si aggiunge nient'altro: è una storia ripetitiva che si trascina fino al prevedibilissimo finale.

    11. Nelle recensioni vedo scomodare Sartre; a me ricorda la carnosità opprimente nei fumetti di Dave Cooper (davegraphics), che è un bel ricordo, ma che ritrovo qui in versione meno eterodossa, più incravattata, meno capace di raggiungere la cercata mimesi con la (il)logica del sogno e del desiderio. La robotica traduzione italiana mette scarpe di cemento ai personaggi.

    12. It's interesting with distinctive artwork. But it seems pretty clear from the beginning where it is going, and takes longer than it seems like it should to get there. AT a certain point I tuned out the adventures of the main character and just followed along. There were a few twists, but not much revelation.

    13. The book centers around Ter, a fragmented man trying to navigate a fractured, hellish apartment. I enjoyed it quite a bit, despite the fact that I did think it was a bit heavy-handed. The art is complex and interesting, more than making up for any shortcomings in the writing.

    14. I picked it up because I loved the illustration style. The premise and story were intriguing and good enough, but the execution became too sexually twisted for me.

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