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A stunning psychological exploration into the delusional mind of a sexual predator.
Told through a noirish lens, Bezimena is the story of a man who develops a disturbing obsession with a former classmate, steadily losing his grasp on reality. A masterful cartoonist, Bunjevac takes a deep dive into the man’s warped psyche, conjuring an eerie, unreal world filled with mesmerizing fever dreams and shocking acts of sexual violence. Bezimena is a stunning graphic novel by an assured voice in comics.
About the Author
NINA BUNJEVAC is best known for her internationally acclaimed books Heartless (2012) and Fatherland (2014). She lives in Toronto where she draws and teaches.
Bunjevac's work is stunning to look at, with elegant full-page illustrations, painstakingly crosshatched and stippled to resemble woodcuts or antique photographs.
— Publishers Weekly
A disturbing yet elegant yarn, told in simple, exquisite full-page drawings made complex through elaborate stippling.
The black and white Bezimena is colored by trauma and yearning. ... This uncanny book provides a grim map to the ever-shadowy process of recovery.
— NPR Books
As elegant as it is shocking.
— Vanity Fair Italy
Bunjevac deftly crafts a gripping noirish, Nabokovian tale, by turns sensual, surreal, and harrowing, that turns the male gaze inside-out.
— Midwest Book Review
A searing and disturbing portrait of obsession and mania, this psychologically violent work is as essential as it is difficult, and Bunjevac’s amazingly detailed cartooning is the very definition of darkly alluring. Tough to read, sure, but absolutely impossible to forget.
— Four Color Apocalypse
This is a book about confronting, naming, exposing, and freeing oneself from the kind of darkness that can destroy lives. It’s a gift that Bunjevac gave to herself as well as her readers.
There's a meticulous detail to Bunjevac's pencils that's staggering.
— Bleeding Cool