In graphic fiction, I was haunted by Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina and by Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying:Six Stories. Somehow the pictorial narrative seems to have the greatest purchase on the defining melancholia of our era.
Kevin Barry’s latest novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize
Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel Sabrina is a powerful state of the nation exploration of an increasingly polarised US where everything becomes black and white. Here nuance is restored via subdued blue and grey panels that illustrate how humanity itself is tamped down by paranoia and fear.
Kevin Gildea is a comedian and a critic