The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
With graphic narrative that “was closer to the writing of Bernard Malamud or Isaac Bashevis Singer than any comic art which had preceded it” (“The Economist”), “Contract with God,” originally published in 1978, was the first graphic novel: the prototype; along with “A Life Force” and “Dropsie Avenue”; for such seminal works as “Maus” and “Persepolis.” Set during the Great Depression, this literary trilogy, assembled in one volume for the first time, presents a treasure house of now near-mythic stories that fictionally illustrate the bittersweet tenement life of Eisner's youth. With nearly one dozen new illustrations and a revealing brand-new foreword, this book ultimately tells the epic story of life, death, and resurrection while exploring man's fractious relationship with an all-too-vengeful God. This mesmerizing, fictional chronicle of the universal American immigrant experience is Eisner's most poignant and enduring legacy.
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