Dec. 11 – The Hunting Accident – [Advent Calendar]

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December 11


*** Best Graphic Novel ***


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1626726760″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″]The Hunting Accident:
A True Story of Crime and Poetry

David Carlson /
Landis Blair (Illustrator)

Hardback: First Second, 2017
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[Written] by David L. Carlson and drawn with graphomaniacal fervor by Landis Blair, [The Hunting Accident] begins with a lengthy feint: It purports at first to be about the relationship between its narrator, Charlie Rizzo, a young Chicagoan in the late 1950s who’s gotten in trouble with the law, and his blind, literature-loving father, Matt. Nearly a hundred pages in, it turns out to be something else entirely: the story of Matt Rizzo’s extraordinary turnaround. An eighth-grade dropout blinded in an armed robbery he helped commit, he was sent to Illinois’s Stateville Prison in 1936, and shared a cell with Nathan Leopold — the upper-class thrill-killer whose murderous partnership with Richard Loeb had been a media sensation a decade earlier. Rizzo wanted only to die, so Leopold made an unlikely deal with him: If Rizzo would learn Braille and read Dante’s “Inferno,” Leopold would help him commit suicide.


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