Flavia Biondi (Author)

Product Details

Oni Press
Publish Date
October 24, 2017
6.7 X 0.5 X 9.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Flavia Biondi was born in Castelfiorentino, Italy (in the province of Florence). She received a bachelor's degree in comics & illustration from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and was one of the cofounders of the Bologna-based publishing collective Manticore Autoproduzioni. Her first published work came out in 2012 in the anthology Sindrome. Generations is her fourth graphic novel published in her native Italy.


COMICS WORTH READING -- Generations is the first graphic novel by Flavia Biondi translated from Italian to English, and it's a strong debut. Matteo ran away from home three years ago to Milan, but now he's slinking back to his small country town to live with his grandmother and his three aunts. He's embarrassed that his life hasn't been working out as planned, he feels like a failure, and he hasn't spoken to his father because Matteo doesn't believe dad accepts his coming out as gay. The art is European, which means to me detailed, with a focus on character expression and unspoken feelings. Yet it's unique in style, without too many fiddly bits, focusing only on what's important to tell this story and establish these people as substantial and relatable in a fully realized environment.

LIBRARY JOURNAL -- After breaking up with his lover in Milan, Matteo stumbles home to his provincial family unwillingly. He's been estranged from his father since coming out, his beloved grandmother Nan is declining fast, and he gets a checkered reception from the trio of aunts caring for her. Plus, supported financially by his lover for three years, he now lacks skills or experience, floundering at loose ends until pushed into the role of Nan's nurse. Biondi's (La giusta mezura) slice-of-life story develops in microprogressions as Matteo gradually finds reward and pleasure in helping his grandmother. And as he spends time with the family, he realizes that he's been self-centered most of his life. Yet he can change, and joy in belonging can come to him. The black-and-white art uses greyscale with a light touch, conveying subtle emotion through faces, poses, and background cutaways. VERDICT This perceptive portrait of emotional maturing shows how one's misstep or step forward sets off a resonance throughout the interlocking cultural system that each family creates. Fans of manga by Natsume Ono and Fumi Yoshinaga should like this one.-MC