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Miller & Pynchon

By Leopold Maurer

Translated by Helen Macfarlane

Paperback, 176 pp, £12.99

Meet Mr. Miller and Mr. Pynchon. As government surveyors, their job is to measure the world. In time, a loftier task awaits them: the observation of the Transit of Venus. They are true men of science: they find safety in numbers.

But some things in life will always remain incalculable. Grief, for example, and remorse. And faith. And the generation gap. And, it goes without saying, the opposite sex. Not to mention the fateful gigantic cheese, or the talking crocodile with a predilection for poetry…

The twenty enigmatic parables that make up the story of Leopold Maurer's Miller & Pynchon trace a different trajectory for our heroes – by turns comic, poignant, farcical and tragic – towards a truer, perhaps more hopeful, definition of what it is to be human.

Leopold Maurer

Leopold Maurer was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1969. He studied sociology at Vienna University, before going on to study painting and graphic art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 1998, he has been a freelance artist, working on projects spanning animation, cartoons, comic books and illustration. He is a member of the comic book group Mixer and lives and works in Vienna and Trautmannsdorf, Austria.