Voices in the Dark

Category: Book
From An Idea By: Beyer, Marcel
Translated By: Brownjohn, John
Translated By: Knight, Nika
By (author): Lust, Ulli
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Adaptations
  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Historical Fiction
  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
  WEIRD / Graphic Novels
Publisher: New York Review Books
Published: September 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 9.75in x 6.75in
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From The Publisher*Germany, in the final years of the Third Reich. Hermann Karnau is a sound engineer obsessed with recording the human voice in all its variations-the rantings of leaders, the roar of crowds, the rasp of throats constricted in fear-and indifferent to everything else. Employed by the Nazis, his assignments take him to party rallies, to the eastern front, and into the household of Joseph Goebbels. There he meets Helga, the eldest daughter: bright, good-natured, and just beginning to suspect the horror that surrounds her.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Marcel Beyer, Voices in the Dark is the first graphic novel by the award-winning cartoonist Ulli Lust. It is the story of an unlikely friendship and of a childhood betrayed, a grim parable of naïveté and evil, and a vivid, unsettling masterpiece of comics storytelling. As Germany descends into chaos, Helga's and Hermann's lives intertwine, then finally collide. In Hitler's Berlin bunker, with the Red Army closing in, Hermann receives his greatest assignment: recording the Führer's final words-and the last moments of Helga and her family.
Biographical NoteUlli Lust's award-winning memoir Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life was called a "sprawling, meditative graphic novel [that] ripples with exuberance" by The New York Times. Her published work includes pieces of comics journalism as well as erotic-mythological poems. She runs the online publishing company www.electrocomics.com. She was born in Vienna and lives and works in Berlin.

Marcel Beyer is a writer known for his 1995 novel The Karnau Tapes, upon which Ulli Lust's graphic novel, Voices in the Dark, is based. He is a visiting professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.