Informe sobre ciegos, by Alberto Breccia

6630804English title: Report on the Blind

This book compiles of various adaptations from short stories drawn by Alberto Breccia, a well known cartoonist here. The one that titles the book is an adaptation from the main chapter in Ernesto Sábato’s Sobre héroes y tumbas (On heroes and tombs). Other works included in this book are The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, La gallina degollada by Horacio Quiroga, The monkey’s paw by W. W. Jacobs, Where the tides ebb and flow by Lord Dunsany, Acuérdate by Juan Rulfo and Semejante a la noche by Alejo Carpentier.

Again, this book was lent by my friend during vacations, mostly to show me his illustration style. Even though I can see and understand the greatness of his work, it didn’t please me aesthetically. It’s just not my style, but it’s a very interesting work to look at, anyway. He definitely manipulates perfectly the suspense through the images, and the strangeness that surrounds some of these stories. Some vignettes were just breathtaking, particularly in Report on the blind.