Toby Litt praises BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS in the Herald Scotland

“Books of the year 2014” / Herald Scotland / Toby Litt et al / November 29, 2014

Toby Litt


I hate the word "fable". It's usually used to mean "a story in which some of the characters have wings". But it's the only word I can come up with to describe Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet (Drawn & Quarterly, £15.99). It's a graphic novel that, the first time you read it, feels as eternal as Alice's Adventures In Wonderland or Gulliver's Travels. The set-up for the story has the utter simplicity of genius, and to give away even the slightest detail of the plot would damage it. Let's just say it's about a community of Little Folk whose home no longer skips or sings or frets.

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