He lives day to day and hand to mouth, this shambling lug of a man, wrestling with his demons, picking up work where he can, and drinking himself into oblivion. Until one days his palms begin to bleed… These newfound stigmata lose him his job, and he ends up as part of a traveling carnival, where he even finds love. But his past catches up with him — violently so. Has he lost his last chance at redemption?
This stunning graphic novel, executed in a mad, expressionistic swirl of black lines, is the result of a unique collaboration between the preeminent Italian cartoonist/graphist Lorenzo Mattotti (RAW, The New Yorker, and the graphic novels Fires and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and the award-winning Italian screenwriter Claudio Piersanti.
"Wondrous... The reader can feel the main character's pain and redemption through Mattotti's raging fury of intense linework... A moving and thoroughly modern morality play." – Paul Gravett
"Obviously but never verbally a parable of Christian redemption, Piersanti’s story becomes extremely
compelling in Mattotti’s hands. ...[H]is swirling realization of atmosphere, the protagonist’s states of
mind, and human figures conjures the raw power and compassion of such great Italian neorealist films as
Bicycle Thieves and La Strada."
– Ray Olson, Booklist
"This Italian graphic novel is as intense and grim as it gets, though through the fury and darkness, it eventually reveals itself as a tale of redemption. [...] Mattotti render's screenwriter Piersanti's confessional poeticisms with a beautiful fury." – John Seven, Worcester Magazine