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A WEB OF KNOWN AND UNKOWN PEOPLE, ANIMALS PLANTS AND ENVIRONMENTS / CRAVINGS FOR STRAWBERRIES
Einstein, Eddington and the Eclipse. Travel Impressions integrates an essay by Ana Simões and a graphic novel by Ana Matilde Sousa.
The essay analyses the scientific, social, political and religious aspects of the two British expeditions, which headed towards Príncipe and Sobral to observe the 1919 total solar eclipse, and test Albert Einstein's light bending prediction.
The graphic novel takes excerpts from A.S. Eddington's correspondence as a starting point for a graphic narrative of experimental and impressionistic contours.
248p (128p full color) 18,5 x 27cm
History of the book:
Sample published in Polish magazine Zupelnie Inny Swiat
(...) Ana Matilde Sousa (better known in the world of comics by the pen-name Hetamoé) took the correspondence exchanged by Eddigton with his mother, sister and the Lisbon Observatory to recreate visually this famous trip. Her collection and processing of digital images, as well as her explorations with the printing and inking of these pages, emerge in a very impressionistic and unique graphic story. It’s for sure one of the most beautiful pieces of comics imagery we had this year, giving us a sense of what this voyage could have been like and the feelings experienced by the participants.
(...) exciting, experimental recent release in Portugal (...) Einstein, Eddington and the Eclipse: Travel Impressions by Ana Simões & Ana Matilde Sousa combines a text essay about the 1919 total solar eclipse with a graphic novel interpreting and transforming excerpts from scientist A.S. Eddington's letters.
Paul Gravett in FB
(...) it fits the definition of a “travelogue” in both the broadest and strictest sense — but it’s so much more than that, as well, taking in the sights, sounds, feelings and textures of his journey to create a kaleidoscopic whirlwind that explores the very act of exploration itself, as well as its sub rosa “ripple effect” ramifications on people, places, animals, and even inanimate objects. If I said I’d experienced anything quite like it before I’d be lying, and I say that as someone who reads a hell of a lot of comics.
Stated plainly, then, I can’t recommend this book strongly enough (...). If I’d been aware of it when it first came out (my bad!), it would have most certainly landed a spot on my “best-of” list for that year — instead, it’ll have to settle for a spot on my “best-of” list of all time.
(...) This book is a true jewel, to be recommended to historians, to scientists, and to the broader public alike, and in particular to those who are fascinated, as I am, by the powerful imagery of graphic novels — particularly when they are so deeply rooted in historical knowledge as is this wonderful book.
Jürgen Renn (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) in Centaurus