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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pantheon Books
Publication date January 8, 2008
Pages 352
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375714726
ISBN-10 0375714723
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 2.35 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A chilling graphic novel set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s describes the lives of the area's teenagers, who are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that has descended on the young people of Seattle. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards

The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…

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Hardcover
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from Pantheon Books (October 18, 2005)
9780375423802 | details & prices | 352 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 2.50 lbs | List price $35.00
About: Seattle teenagers of the 1970s are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that spreads only through sexual contact.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Pantheon Books (January 8, 2008)
9780375714726 | details & prices | 352 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 2.35 lbs | List price $19.95
About: A chilling graphic novel set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s describes the lives of the area's teenagers, who are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that has descended on the young people of Seattle.

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