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Electric State Hardcover – 25 September 2018

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  • Publisher : Skybound Books (25 September 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1501181416
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1501181412
  • Dimensions : 27.94 x 2.03 x 25.08 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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"[Simon Stålenhag's] stories crawl into my brain and mess with my memory of history, time, and place. His art (photorealistic, washed out, laced in neon or icicles, nostalgic and futuristic both at the same time) gets into my eyes and stays there. [. . .] If you're anything like me, you'll take those images to bed with you for a long time and dream of Stålenhag's America -- lost to sand, to drought, to war, to loneliness, and stalked always by the low, distant rumble of something terrible rising out of the earth and coming for you."-- "NPR Books"

"[The] mix of science fiction and real world pop-culture nostalgia is instantly compelling, but there are layers to The Electric State that take the story beyond surface value. [. . .] In a way, it is an extremely American story, bringing together themes like the intersection of war and technology; fire-and-brimstone religion and its effect on LGBT youth; families separated by great physical distance while still being a part of the same country."-- "Los Angeles Times"

"A haunting illustrated novel. . . . Readers of bleak, emotionally rich dystopian science fiction will be fascinated with the way Stålenhag doles out details--all the way to the open-ended, heartbreaking conclusion."-- "Booklist (starred)"

"A jaw-dropping science fiction artbook . . . This quiet, sad adventure is an excellent and visually stunning addition to any graphic novel, art, or science fiction collection."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred)"

"An awe-inspiring vision of a species committing suicide, perhaps to be reborn as something new. [. . .] The Electric State is a striking and strangely compelling work of science fiction gothic. Providing a series of snapshots of an alternate Earth of yesteryear, it tells the story of how that world ended."-- "New York Journal of Books"

"One part art-book, one part picture-book--the mundanity of everyday relationships play out alongside science fiction imagery that is as beautiful as it is unsettling."-- "Waypoint"

About the Author

Simon Stålenhag is the internationally lauded artist and author of Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, and The Electric State--the narrative art books that stunned the world with a vision of an alternate 1980s and 1990s where technology had invaded the tranquil landscapes to form an entirely new universe of the eerie and the nostalgic. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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