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InstaReview: Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

"As a rule, I would say that any reporting that can be traced back to a handful of parent corporations can be immediately dismissed as fiction."

Did you know that in 2018, Sabrina by Nick Drnaso was the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the #manbookerprize? It’s so great to see graphic novels being taken more seriously in recent years. Just because a book has pictures doesn’t mean it can’t have literary value or hit deep pockets of emotional resonance!


Sabrina explores mental health, conspiracy theories, and the creation of narratives. It feels oddly reminiscent of a David Lynch film in that the simplicity and monotony and illustrations contribute to the slow, unsettling pace of the story. A word of warning: don’t dive in expecting a comic of mass appeal. Sabrina is innovative and intriguing but BLEAK.


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