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Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 6:45 PM

Igort or Igor Tuveri (1958) is a comic book artist, illustrator, essayist and musician. He has collaborated with almost all major comics magazines such as Linus, Alter, Frigidaire, Metal Hurlant, L'echo des Savanes, Vanity and The Face. He founded a number of magazines himself, including Dolce Vita, Fuego, Due and Black. In addition to a number of exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, he has also worked for the renowned Italian newspapers Il Manifesto, Il Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica. He was the first European comics artist to work exclusively for Japanese publishers for 10 years. He currently lives in Paris and works for the Italian publishing house Coconino Press, which focuses exclusively on original comics, in addition to animation. He is the author of thirteen comic novels, which have been translated into more than fifteen languages.

The Ukrainian Notebooks is the first part of a diptych dedicated to the former Soviet Union countries. In 2008 and 2009, the author travelled through Ukraine, Russia and Siberia to capture the stories of first-hand witnesses to the turbulent fates of these countries. In short chapters, the recollections of Ukrainian citizens, he reconstructs a significant period of 20th-century history, creating an authentic and often shocking portrait of Ukraine and its people that allows for a deeper understanding of a country with a horrific Stalinist past, where the gulags were replaced by murder and widespread corruption.

In The Russian Notebooks, Igort embarks on a journey through Ukraine, Russia and Siberia in the wake of the shocking murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Her story is the central theme of Russian Notebooks, in which he dispassionately captures the stories of small people, treats Russia's past and present, examines the war in Chechnya, and looks back at Stalin's gulags. Through a masterful combination of comic miniatures, illustrations and short text passages, he creates an authentic portrait of the former Soviet Union.