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The Park

By Oscar Zarate

Hardback, 160 pp, $24.95

A silent movie plays and those existential clowns Laurel and Hardy are trading blows in their endless feud. In the real world, things aren't always black and white. In the technicolour glory of a summer's day in a London park, another cycle of tit-for-tat revenge is about to begin...

Award-winning graphic novelist Oscar Zarate's latest work links the lives of two single-parent families into a tense and dramatic chain of causation, levelling a delicate bird's-eye view – and a distinctively modern take – on this oldest of human stories.

Part Greek tragedy, part slapstick comedy, and itself a wholly original work of art, The Park celebrates the redemptive, civilising power of nature... and of love.

Oscar Zarate

Oscar Zarate is an award-winning graphic novelist. His books include collaborations with Alan Moore (A Small Killing) and Alexei Sayle (Geoffrey the Tube Train and the Fat Comedian). He was the editor of It's Dark in London, and he wrote and illustrated The Park. He collaborated with Richard Appignanesi on Dr Faustus, Hysteria, Introducing Freud and Introducing Existentialism. Born in Argentina, it was over fifty years ago that Oscar decided to visit London, where he has lived and worked ever since.


"It's a handsome thing."
— The Herald
"A wry and likeable tale."
— The Guardian
"A superbly observed and loving portrait of its leafy setting."
— The Quietus