City of Glass by Paul Auster

City of Glass
by Paul Auster
adapted by Paul Karasik, drawn by David Mazzucchelli
Picador, 2004

An unusual project, this, a graphic novel adaptation of the surreal noir novella which is just as highly regarded as the original story. First published in 1994, it was declared by Time to be one of the “Top 100 English-Language Comics of the Century”, a precious mainstream shoutout which sets a graphic novel up for life.

The pages are divided into a nine-panel grid, a design which always reminds me of Watchmen. The book contains many interesting visual experiments which Scott McCloud would approve of. The original story is not at all straightforward, and this is an unusually intelligent and dexterous adaptation, demonstrating how images can combine and expand on text to create a new medium.

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