Seven Places Without You is the latest title from award-winning Spanish graphic novelist Juan Berrio.
Seven Places Without You Synopsis:
Elena is losing Jorge, and she doesn’t know why. They’ve been living together at Jorge’s parents’ house for some time now, and so far, everything between them had seemed to be going well. But recently, Jorge has been spending less and less time at home. Elena isn’t sure what to make of his absence, and one day, she decides to leave.
“Seven Places Without You” is the story of a young couple’s first experience of a relationship on the rocks; a story that allows time to elapse and silences to lengthen, focusing more on how events develop than on the events themselves. It’s also the story of the spaces where these events occur: the seven places of the title, and of Jorge’s absence.
(EuropeComics, January 2019)
Seven Places Without You is an interesting application of the graphic novel format.
Firstly, what Berrio has depicted is only a very loose story arc. It is perhaps more aptly described as a collection of life experiences. Better still, it could be termed an exploration of the emotions involved in finding one's independence.
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