A haunting adaptation of the classic tale. Raw and illustrated to show the themes clearly and harshly, this was never an easy read, but Odyr gives an eye-opening experience. This graphic novel/illustrated novel is a great way to introduce the story or to support the reading of the novel. Mature images and themes. — Jeanette
A beautiful graphic adaptation of George Orwell’s timeless and timely allegorical novel.
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
In 1945, George Orwell, called “the conscience of his generation,” created an enduring, devastating story of new tyranny replacing old, and power corrupting even the noblest of causes. Today it is all too clear that Orwell’s masterpiece is still fiercely relevant wherever cults of personality thrive, truths are twisted by those in power, and freedom is under attack. In this fully authorized edition, the artist Odyr translates the world and message of Animal Farm into a gorgeously imagined graphic novel.
Old Major, Napoleon, Squealer, Snowball, Boxer, and all the animals of Animal Farm come to life in this newly envisaged classic. From his individual brushstrokes to the freedom of his page design, Odyr’s adaptation seamlessly moves between satire and fable and will appeal to all ages, just as Orwell intended.
About the Author
GEORGE ORWELL (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels, including 1984 and Animal Farm, as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.
ODYR is a Brazilian graphic novelist, cartoonist, and painter. He is the co-author of the graphic novel Guadalupe, written with poet Angélica Freitas and published by Companhia das Letras. He also published Copacabana, co-written with scriptwriter Lobo and published in Portugal and France.
Odyr, using a bright palette, has fully adapted what Orwell called “a fairy tale” satirizing Stalin—and the result is elegant and heartbreaking. Odyr’s images of animals casting off their bonds and then living with the results of their revolution are painterly and evocative, both loose and illuminating. Instead of a reduction of the original, Odyr’s imagined barnyard world adds to the depth of the characters: His pigs, horses, sheep and hens have expressive faces and postures, revealing both sweetness and malevolence.” —New York Times Book Review
Brazilian graphic novelist Odyr’s ‘fully authorized’ adaptation (in accordance with The Estate of Sonia Brownell Orwell) of Orwell’s 1945 classic is affecting example...alchemizing Orwell’s period writing into a timeless, immediately terrifying warning about the dangers of abusive power.” —Booklist
“[Odyr’s] rich brushstrokes do much to enhance the experience of Orwell’s brand of satire.” —New York Journal of Books