A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights:
HASIB & the Queen of Serpents
Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue... From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.
"David B. brings a playful, erudite approach to both text and artwork and, in the process, has created one of the most unusual, fascinating graphic novels I've ever seen. I can't praise this book highly enough."
Karen Haber, Locus
"An abundance of virtuosity! David B. uses every inch of the page without ever seeming to overpack it with extraneous or unnecessary detail. Every page is unique." -The Comics Journal
"It's beautiful work, a career highlight among an exceptional bibliography."
Slings & Arrows
"4 out of 5 stars. An intriguing take."
"Gorgeous and captivating from start to finish."
"Bold, vivid and graphically mesmerizing, this enthralling progression of history, myth and imagination is a wry and loving examination of the act of telling stories."
-Win Wiacek, Now Read This
" In using the medium of comics, the story of "Hasib and the Queen of Serpents" comes as close to the oral means in which it was originally told...We often look at such stories as being "for children," but when we see them presented in such a manner, it is obvious that they are truly art and worthy of recognition as such."
-William Kulesa-Jersey Journal
"Using colors like the inks used for dyeing Persian rugs, lavish blues and reds… as unlikely as it is wildly unpredictable... It's a page turner and Hasib never slows down."
"This sumptuous sprawl enchants like a collection of grown-up fairy tales. Densely constructed with mythology, fable, tragedy, and romance, but never seems archaic, perhaps in part due to the modernized language. Similarly, the brightly colored artwork nods to antiquity, with flattened perspectives and the action rendered like carvings." -Publishers Weekly
9x12, 112pp., full color HC with gold stamping, $24.99;