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Writer Alan Moore and artist Oscar Zarate collaborate on a graphic novel full of irony and tension. Adman Timothy Hole is about to get a crack at the the big one: selling the diet drink sensation Flite to the U.S.S.R. Except someone wants him dead. Little murders, tiny betrayals, the small homicides with which we ease the passage of our lives - these are the stuff of A SmaWriter Alan Moore and artist Oscar Zarate collaborate on a graphic novel full of irony and tension. Adman Timothy Hole is about to get a crack at the the big one: selling the diet drink sensation Flite to the U.S.S.R. Except someone wants him dead. Little murders, tiny betrayals, the small homicides with which we ease the passage of our lives - these are the stuff of A Small Killing....

Title : A Small Killing
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ISBN : 9781592910090
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 104 Pages
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A Small Killing Reviews

  • Jedi JC Daquis
    2018-11-21 22:15

    Just because you are a fan of Alan Moore, and A Small Killing happens to have his name slapped on the cover doesn't mean you are going to love this graphic novella. No sir, I didn't get whatever deconstruction of concepts this book has. I am simply not prepared (or way too dumb) for what A Small Killing has to offer. Beneath its simple plot about Timothy Hole in his quest to sell a soda brand in Russia and a creepy, playful child who haunts him is an internal monologue of how our adman "protagonist" sees the world and everything in between. His words for me are complex digressions from the central plot and I often find myself at lost with his train of thought.Now I feel dumb against the other reviews that I have read here in Goodreads, which either praises the material or fleshes out the details I have deliberately neglected. Man, I just wish I had the same level of appreciation as theirs. As my final words before I succumb to reading mainstream comics, let me just say a clichéd phrase that summarizes my reading experience with A Small Killing: "this book is not for everybody".

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-11-15 01:38

    Before I wrote this review I had just read this 100 page 1991 book twice, last night, and again today. Between readings I skimmed some reviews, to see why it had such a low rating. Because I was intrigued by the book, what Moore and Zarate were trying to do with it, and it seemed like a kind of departure for Moore in some ways. I read this because I like Alan Moore, in all his complicated and sometime infuriating glory and weirdness and verbosity. But you know, the guy that wrote Watchmen and From Hell, you gotta take a second look, especially since when he was asked what were his favorite under-appreciated books, he listed this first and foremost. Obscure choice? Maybe.But I liked it. I didn't much like at first Oscar Zarate's 80's kooky too-colorful art and thought it was disruptive and infuriating, especially the overwhelming crowd scenes that also bugged other readers. Made it tough to read. Disjointed. But one review set me down a useful path, I think. He said it was a masterpiece that was highly influenced by some narrative choices in Nabokov's Lolita, which I had read fairly recently, and I saw that he was riffing off Nabokov. I noticed throughout all the Lolita references, and liked that play with another text, a tribute to its style. But the reviewer said A Small Killing was also highly influenced by the films of Nicholas Roeg, and that required me to recall Roeg's filmography: the weird Performance (with Mick Jagger), Walkabout, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth (with David Bowie). Trippy, experimental films, often introspective. Roeg's films are known for being disjointed, out of chronological and causal order. They seem unpredictable, sometimes leaving you wondering what the hell just happened. Recalling Roeg helped me understand A Small Killing, which I see as Moore's and Zarate's homage to Roeg and Nabokov (I don't know how collaborative the process really was), and a commentary on the eighties, which I know Moore hated.The story is about a pretty unlikeable rising ad executive (which you can imagine would be hard for Moore to make likeable) who scores an opportunity to market a soft drink in Moscow, but who has also recently had an affair that broke up his longer termed relationship. What we know from the title and cover and early on in the story, like From Hell, is that a killing will take place, (and not just a financial "killing," haha) and our ad person is really afraid it is going to be him. And we basically know it is going to be him. So whodunnit is not the issue here. Almost all of it, ala Nabokov, happens as interior monologue, sometimes almost stream of consciousness, with much guilty and obsessive and possibly paranoid fears. Is he paranoid, or is he really being followed, ala Lolita's Humbert? It's about the interior process of going mad as much as anything else.Unlike most of Moore's work, there's less talk, and he isn't doing all this verbose commentary he usually does, and Moore and Zarate are trying to communicate something about subjective space, through their storytelling, through disruptive narration, through strange disjointed color and shapes and this overwhelming crowd noise, where we hear everyone talking at once. It's disorienting. The plot itself is sort of straightforward, simple, though we don't always know what is real, but that's what is at issue, really, as with Roeg and Nabokov, is messing with point of view enough to give you vertigo. And it gets at the neo-liberal eighties and globalism, which enraged and disoriented Moore. So none of it is "fun", it's a kind of nightmare.So thanks to one Goodreads reviewer that turned me on to the Roeg connection, I came to appreciate this homage they are doing and this commentary on art and narrative and culture. Like a few others, including Moore, I see it as a neglected classic… though I still don't "like" all of Zarate's art. It's not likeable at all, really, except that is an ambitious artistic endeavor. At least I appreciate what I think they were trying to do! Maybe for some it didn't really come off that well, but I found it interesting.

  • Aditya Mallya
    2018-12-08 00:27

    Here is a disorienting and uncomfortable journey into the exhausted and troubled mind of an advertising executive named Tim Hole. (Pronounced 'Holly', actually.)Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate use a number of literary and artistic devices (respectively) to tell an unsettling story in an unsettling manner. For example, we are subjected to Hole's unedited stream of consciousness for the entire duration of the novel, so that it's almost as if we are the character. We hear what he hears, even if it is just snatches of conversation over the incoherent din of a crowd. The narrative is non-linear, jumping back and forth in time and making an already woozy story even dizzier. Zarate changes his art skillfully to partner Moore's writing. When Hole is lost in the fog of his own reflections, the environment around him is blurred and indistinct. When he has deluded himself into brief optimism, the drawing is sharp and brightly coloured. Flashbacks are hazy or grainy, and so on. The result is quite an immersive experience.A style so vivid often coexists with a negligence of content, but that is not the case here. This is very much a book with a plot, and a cleverly constructed one at that. On top of all this, Moore and Zarate also manage to perfectly capture (in my mind at least) a small slice of the '80s zeitgeist. 'A Small Killing' has not received nearly as much recognition as some of Moore's other work, but I believe it deserves to be recognized as a landmark graphic novel.

  • Katie
    2018-12-06 05:27

    When I first picked up this graphic novel I did worry about how I'd get along with the artwork but as the story progressed along a rather dark and austere path, the more I found the stylised drawing went with it. A Small Killing is by no means Moore's best work, it lacks the intelligent twist and turns of his other offers but, and this is possibly a very hard thing to do, if I were to forget that Moore has written such greats as From Hell and Watchmen then yeah, actually, A Small Killing is pretty ace.

  • Hugo
    2018-11-29 01:32

    La historia, muy al estilo de Alan Moore, aborda la psique de un personaje atormentado por su pasado, hasta lo mas profundo y sórdido de su ser, un hombre se ve enfrentado por la imagen de un niño que aparece siempre antes de tener una experiencia mortal. No se si el dibujo ayude o no esta obra, en si es muy burdo y exagerado, con colores muy marcados y con un estilo extraño, lo que tal vez pudiera ser un plus a la historia, sin embargo a mi no termino por agradarme.

  • Matt Mazenauer
    2018-11-27 22:14

    Here's a tip: If your big twist is revealed on the cover of your book, don't expect it to be a surprise. Watch a man midly go crazy, which is overused but moderately entertaining. Unfortunately, that is unravelled by some of the worst art I've ever seen in a comic. Overally, just a headache to muscle through, and every time I got close to liking a part, it would be abandoned never to be seen again. Frustrating.

  • Steven
    2018-11-10 00:24

    Excellent, overlooked Alan Moore classic graphic novel about a child disappointed by what the adult version of him has become, by a man who has compromised everything he valued as a child in pursuit of short-term gains and carnal pleasures.

  • Neven
    2018-12-08 22:12

    It's a concise summary of Alan Moore's creative meandering since the early 1990s that he currently considers this trite indie novel his best work.

  • Edgar Antioquia
    2018-11-23 02:10

    I believe this book emulates Alan Moore's style, and is a must-read for old and new fans alike. Oh sure, Watchmen and V for Vendetta are great, but a simple story such as this novel definitely shows his mastery over the genre, and shows us that graphic novels don't have to be about superheroes all the time.This book made me think. A lot. It's not easy reading, but it does force you to think about the "small killings" that made you what you are right now, and asks the question: "Will your younger self be proud of you when he/she sees you as you are now?"

  • Derek
    2018-11-21 22:25

    Alan Moore's versatility is nothing short of a marvel. This is bu far his most non-genre piece I've ever read and wow! am I impressed. Who could've thought Alan Moore writing about a up-n-coming ad exec and his brush with paranoia would be so engrossing. This is a dive into the mundane but it comes out masterfully. Alan weaves a story of unsolved murders and unforgiven betrayals into a tense and deeply subtle and ironic masterpiece. Oscar Zarate's artwork is amazing too. distinctive and vivid. this is a great book.

  • Evey Morgan
    2018-11-23 05:24

    Muy, muy extraño pero mola que a cada momento te haga pensar y reflexionar.

  • Gustavo Penha
    2018-11-30 23:27

    4.5 . I will read again soon :))

  • Gary
    2018-12-05 02:38

    Very unusual book, the main character keeps seeing a younger version of himself. He tries to catch the younger him and isn't always successful.

  • Paul
    2018-11-28 04:19

    Well, wasn`t that special. A European-style graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Oscar Zarate that looks like something that would be heralded as an astonishingly fresh work of comic book narrative if it debuted today. But it’s a book that’s almost 25 years old.A Small Killing, 96 pages of pain and (self) punishment, trapped in vibrant colors. It is a meditation on childhood dreams and adult compromises, drawn and painted like something born from a nightmarish fusion of Brecht Evens and Duncan Fegredo. It is a gorgeous, disturbing graphic novel of the sort that deserves the kind of praise so often heaped upon other Moore works such as Killing Joke or the aborted Big Numbers.I can only assume that most readers haven’t seen A Small Killing, or haven’t looked at it recently, because it deserves to be part of the critical conversation about Moore, and should be on the shortlist of significant graphic novels throughout history.It seemed like a weird, sideline work from Moore, lacking the expansive ambition of what he had done before, or seemed to promise for the future. But, looking back on the book from the perspective of today, I’m astonished by how sharp the package is. A Small Killing is no minor work by a major creator. It’s a key text in the Moore pantheon, providing insight into his own personal struggles as a creator – and as an adult – while presenting a condemnation of the culture around him.Not only is it better than I remembered it, but it’s a book overdue for a massive critical reappraisal. Let’s start that tidal wave of reconsideration today. The inspiration for the story apparently came from Zarate, who told Moore he had an idea about “an adult who was pursued by a child.”Moore, with more than generous input from Zarate, peeled back that image, and, in his own mind, saw an adult chased by his former self. A child disappointed by what the adult version of him had become. And he used that core idea to construct a story that was unlike anything he had written before.A Small Killing is less of a constructed edifice and more of a dream-like narrative. Though a Nabokov/Lolita motif runs through the graphic novel, there are also allusions to the films of Nicolas Roeg, and the story feels more in tune with the latter’s work than the former. Or, more accurately, the story seems it was crafted by someone influenced by the soul of Roeg and the mind of Nabokov. The wordplay an image patterns recall the Nabokov author, but the elliptical structure and bold, haunting iconography recall 'Don’t Look Now'.Moore and Zarate balance both of those quite divergent influences, but offer something fresh in the synthesis. The Nabokov/Roeg substructure works like an echo, and Moore and Zarate seem in control of their subject the entire way through.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2018-11-24 06:12

    Alan Moore, A Small Killing (Avatar Press, 2003)Timothy Hole (“that's pronounced 'Holly', actually.”) is a British ad man who's been marooned in America for years, but now finds himself behind what may be the biggest campaign of his career, marketing cola to the Russians. Just when he thinks his life is on track, though, he finds himself being stalked by a psychotic small child... yes, you've seen this storyline many, many times before (and you'll be able to suss out the ending after the first few pages). Because of this, the book lives or dies on how well Moore tells the story. You might expect a lot from the guy who brought us Watchmen, Lost Girls, and V for Vendetta. And you'd be right to, which makes A Small Killing that much more disappointing. The story is shot through with annoyances and distractions (every crowd scene is a chore). When Moore is on his game, he's one of the best in the business, but he seems to be on his game, well, not much of the time here. For the Moore completist only. **

  • D.M.
    2018-11-28 05:14

    An interview with Alan Moore once mentioned he considers A Small Killing to be the best amongst his overlooked work. I can understand why. Oscar Zarate gives us a lush, colourful but nightmarish world, through which we're guided by Moore's fictional proxy Timothy Hole (pronounced 'holly'). Hole is on his way to great things when he finds himself inexplicably haunted by a young boy in a school uniform. As he tries to escape to his future, he continually reminisces about the past. Eventually, the two collide.This is a more straightforward (if strange) narrative than Moore usually provides, but that tactic is perfectly appropriate to the story he's telling. Zarate was a perfect match to this story, in much the way Melinda Gebbie was for the much later Lost Girls: both have an unmistakeable style, entirely removed from reality, and not consistently faithful to physiognomy, but ideal for the stories they're illustrating.No fan of Moore or Zarate should miss this book, as neither of them have done another like it.

  • Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas
    2018-12-06 22:12

    Hay dos partes claramente diferenciadas en esta obra: el día y la noche.(A) El día, por su lado, es exageradamente colorido. Como si todo estuviera representado de tal forma que cualquier eventualidad trivial de la vida del protagonista o de los extras que a su lado pasan, fuese un comercial que se enfocara en la venta de todo lo que se puede ver, excepto las personas.(2) La noche, por otra parte, es todo lo contrario: tiene colores, pero las tonalidades de los mismos parecieran querer acercarse a una escala de grises.Es por estas cuestiones que, aún siendo la historia ciertamente original, lo que más resalta es cierto bucolismo. El ambiente en donde se da todo, tanto en el día como en la noche, parece tener mayor importancia y ser un personaje en sí mismo. Moore, después de todo, no juega a los dedos... Nunca lo hace.

  • Cail
    2018-11-12 01:10

    This book has turned up on several top 10 lists of Moore's work. It's an effecting work that tackles a self-obsessed gent who works in advertising. It's been said to be a more autobiographical work, although Moore doesn't think so. The protagonist is pursued by himself as a child. It's an interesting meditation on betraying who you are as a kid and what you hold valuable. The artwork is quite...unique. Highly 90's in style, vivid colours that I associate with sandscript fonts and greeting cards from Winners. It works to a large degree, but I found the character too self-involved to care about his obsessions. I did feel for him when his robin's eggs were crushed at a party and his reflections on screwing up his marriage. Life seems so easy in the rearview mirror.

  • Cocaine
    2018-12-02 22:19

    When asked what difference is there between a comic book and a graphic novel I usually point people in the direction os this classic.This is a novel that examines the after effects of having lived through Thatcher's eigthies with its 'loadsa money' attitude and its corporate zealatory. Moore reveals one man's inner world where the protagonist, an advertising executive seeks inspiration for his latest project. To this end he returns to his home town to recall then confront his perceptions of the past and himself. He finds his life has changed almost beyond recognition and as it has so has he. A small killing.

  • Geoff Sebesta
    2018-11-12 05:32

    Claptrap. Notable for a couple small technical innovations that were popularized with this book just because everybody read it, not because they were that amazing. Zarate has a representative style of the 80s, like pastel Drooker, the sort of thing that peaked with Dark City and then disappeared because art school students started to own computers instead of pastels.Also, the whole "drifting crowd dialogue" thing that I so often associate with Claremont was used to very good effect here.In all other ways this is a boring rough draft for Big Numbers.

  • Feather Mista
    2018-11-26 03:24

    Otro ejemplo de refrescante sinergia entre dos autores brillantes que sumados son dinamita. El planteo visual-dramático de la historia está genialmente desarrollado y la suma de ideas de Moore-Zárate da óptimos resultados. Por lo que he leído hasta ahora, aquellos a los que no les gustó verdaderamente es porque no la entendieron, por más creída que suene esta afirmación.La edición de Planeta es particularmente interesante , ya que incluye entrevistas exclusivas a los autores que aportan muchísimo.

  • yasser
    2018-12-07 00:26

    the first graphic novel have ever seen that using personal monologue to tell the subconscious thoughts, Alan Moore raised, by that novel, the sequential art to another level, i.e the conscious stream like James Joyce's Ulysses, Oscar Zarate used different types of figuring graphics thoughts to tell about different statuses of the protagonist mental case, could deserve 5 stars as a complete mark, but Alan Moore failed to break what so called the readers' expectations, after half of the novel you can figure out how it could end.

  • Hamish
    2018-11-27 00:26

    Fantastic. I was under the impression that this was minor Moore, but it actually might be one of his best. The non-serialized graphic novel format suits him, and I think it's a tragedy that he never got to do more non-genre work like this. The weaving of themes and images is masterful, as is the narration and the attention to detail. Zárate's art is impressive as well. A high four stars.

  • Darrell Epp
    2018-11-24 05:18

    This is one of my favourite alan moore books, ever. Great writing, and superhero-free! The protagonist isn't a very likable guy, but that didn't bother me. Moore really nails the details right. From Hell is my favourite alan moore story.

  • Rahul
    2018-12-01 00:14

    When I was but a wee lad, I read Oscar Zarate's graphic novel adaptation of Dr. Faustus. It scared the wits out of me. Still, I found the whole thing strangely fascinating. Twenty-odd years later, I'm happy to report that his artwork has much the same effect. A weird little book, but oddly endearing.

  • Molly
    2018-11-30 00:08

    it was okay. i'm not at all sure why alan moore considers this one of his best works. a man hallucinates his aborted son who wants to kill him... comes off like bizarro pro-life propaganda, which is not at all something i'd expect from him. the art was fine, though it was occasionally easy to conflate characters.

  • Megan
    2018-12-07 00:38

    Probably my new favourite Alan Moore graphic novel. Its a lot more simple and a lot more hopeful than some of his other books, and that change in pace really caught me off guard. I really loved the moral of the story and the interview in the back where Moore expanded on the theme from the personal to the political.

  • Micah
    2018-11-09 23:18

    Minus a star for a boring af protagonist. Decent storytelling, though the story itself was very, very eighties. Apparently everyone "sells out" eventually, okay? Pretty yet claustrophobic images, I'm assuming the mashed-together aspect was on purpose, it certainly contributes to the feel of the story.

  • Nikolas Kalar
    2018-11-09 23:34

    Alan Moore's A Small Killing is a small masterpiece. A concise work that is just over 100 pages, he manages to weave an incredible story about growing up, childhood, dreams and honesty. A unique mystery that plays out quite well, and with excellent art by Oscar Zarate, A Small Killing is definitely an under appreciated work from one of comics most famous authors.

  • Carl Ingebretsen
    2018-12-04 04:20

    The structure of this is a thing of beauty, and the themes are some of my favourites. A great character study, excellently written and drawn. A wonderful short tale, funny, bleak and everything in between. Jamie, you're gonna love this.