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Beloved Cartoonist Jason Mixes Fact and Fiction in His Latest Graphic Novel GOOD NIGHT, HEM Starring Ernest Hemingway

(August 26) Three interconnecting short stories starring Ernest Hemingway comprise the latest graphic novel by the beloved Norwegian cartoonist, Jason, out this fall from Fantagraphics. Mixing fact and fiction, Jason has imaginatively recreated one of America’s greatest and most controversial writers of the 20th century in the playful and thoughtful GOOD NIGHT, HEM.

 

Paris, 1925. Our story begins when Hemingway meets Athos, the last Musketeer, who, together with several more friends of Hemingway, travel to Spain’s Pamplona for the fiesta. Festivities and complications ensue.

 

Paris, 1944. The second story starts the day after the liberation of Paris when Hemingway, now a war correspondent, decides enough is enough, and takes action to end the war for good. With a group of adventurers and resistance fighters, he parachutes into Germany to do just that.

 

Cuba, late 1950s. Our literary lion is in his twilight years, writing his memoirs, remembering his first and second meeting with the seemingly immortal Athos.

 

Here’s what people are saying about GOOD NIGHT, HEM:

 

“Jason delivers an at times whimsical but overwhelmingly melancholic portrait, revealing reverence and sympathy for Hemingway without ignoring the author’s shortcomings. One of the best releases of 2021.” — Library Journal (starred review)

 

“Mixing fact and fiction, no other artist has had as much fun or provided as much insight into the Hemingway mythos as Jason.” — Robert K. Elder, Hemingway in Comics

 

“Jason continues to be one of the best cartoonists working anywhere.” — Publishers Weekly

 

“The Norwegian artist who goes by the single name Jason is the most deadpan comedian in comics.” — The New York Times

 

“Unlike traditional literature, comix, and particularly Jason’s simple style, allow the reader to fully move into the space provided. Slowly, but altogether too fast, you look back and see an entire book, and an entire life, has gone past.” — Time Magazine

 

Fantagraphics will publish the imaginative literary homage GOOD NIGHT, HEM on September 21, 2021.

 

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