"Like Bird doing 'Embraceable You,' it may not be Gershwin, but it's art."

- Jules Feiffer (from his introduction to Give iIt Up!)

"... These clever interpretations of Kafka's tales bring out the dark humor latent in Kafka's work..."

- Amazon.com (see more reviews below)



Reviews for "Give It Up!":

"Nine paranoid tales by Franz Kafka adapted to stark, black-and-white comics by Peter Kuper, whose illustrations and covers appear regularly in the New York Times ,Time and Business Week . More than just straight adaptations, these clever interpretations of Kafka's tales bring out the dark humor latent in Kafka's work, better known for its despair and somberness. Heralded by Rolling Stone , Kuper's art is bold, powerful, and perfectly suited for Kafka."

-Amazon.com

"...the ride from book to comic can be bumpy, but Kuper navigates the transition with precision"

- The New York Times

"Nicely captures Kafka's cityscapes... A worthy volume."

- Kirkus Reviews

Comic-strip adaptations of literature are nothing new--remember Classics Illustrated?--but with the recent proliferation of graphic novels aimed at adults, they've acquired a certain legitimacy. For the latest entry in NBM's ComicsLit series, Kuper is a highly appropriate choice for interpreting nine short stories by Franz Kafka. Kuper's scratchboard style, which resembles woodcuts, is reminiscent of the German expressionist artists (Kafka's contemporaries), and his cartoony approach accentuates Kafka's dark humor while it generally avoids the pitfall of depicting Kafka's deadpan narratives too literally. The project doesn't break new ground for Kuper, however, who has previously adapted Upton Sinclair's Jungle and whose autobiographical Stripped included several unsettling dreams that resemble Kafka's waking nightmares. In his introduction, cartoonist-playwright Jules Feiffer compares Kuper's approach to jazz--" visual improvisations on short takes by the old master" --and calls Kuper's American take on alienation noisier and more raucous than Kafka's resignation. Kafka holds particular appeal for alternative comics artists: R. Crumb rendered his biography in comic strips that belong beside Kuper's adaptations on adventurous libraries' shelves.

-Gordon Flagg, Booklist