The Property

The Property

Graphic Novel - 2013
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The property takes readers on a trip to Warsaw with Mica and her grandmother, Regina, both from Israel. Their purpose in Poland is to check on some long lost property that Reginaʼs father owned prior to the Holocaust; she fled during the war, thus becoming the only family member to survive. The understanding that families were fractured and lives rerouted after WWII is nothing new, but the particulars provide the story here—family secrets and the measure of shame, historical and current attitudes between Poles and Jews, the changing views of cross-culture collusion when a hint of romance is involved, and the ways in which we donʼt so much reinvent ourselves as repurpose. The pursuit of old family documents is concurrent with the unearthing of family secrets, but Modan doesnʼt dole out the revelations with alarm or melodrama, but rather with a casual good nature toward her subjects.
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781770461154
Branch Call Number: GN Moda
Characteristics: 222 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Jan 10, 2018

Read 10 January 2016: I quite enjoyed this quick read; I read it in under an hour. After her son dies, an elderly woman takes her granddaughter to Warsaw under the pretense of getting back some family property lost in the second world war. But is there any property and who owns it now? Might there be other reasons she isn’t telling anyone? Walls are put up only to be dismantled from another direction. Affections of all kinds, and how quickly we can gain and lose them, are beautifully illuminated. Old animosities are reinforced and challenged. It is a properly complicated look at our world and some of its complications.

The art work is lovely and effective at conveying subtle and rapidly changing moods.


Sep 07, 2016

Mica has lost her father to cancer. She travels with her paternal grandmother, Regina, to Warsaw. Regina says the goal of the trip is to reclaim family property that was lost during World War II. But when they arrive in Warsaw, Regina starts acting strangely. She seems to have her mind on something else and she's not sharing any details with Mica. Add to the mix a domineering family friend with his own agenda, a hot Polish tour guide, and an elderly writer... things are going to get complicated.

I was frustrated with Regina at first, but as her story unfolded, my heart ached for her. Modan leads the characters so delicately through their individual realizations of the larger story. This is a lovely book.

Feb 05, 2016

Very engrossing story on pre-World II romance & why the grandmother won't mention her past to her surviving family members in the present. Her art work varied, but not jarring.

Sep 21, 2015

Excellent ligne claire artwork, hilarious characters and a deeply emotional storyline.

May 27, 2015

Lovely drawings, but cartoonish characters.

May 24, 2015

The art is lovely. The story is intimate and sad. I think this is a great book.

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2015

I loved this graphic novel! The illustrations totally fit the place- Poland- and the time- pre-WWII and the present. Along with love, mystery,and history, it shows how important it is to remember the past.

Aug 12, 2014

2014 Eisner Award winner

Mar 09, 2014

Beautifully illustrated, reminiscent of Herge's Tintin. A moving story of an ordinary woman and her grandmother returning to Poland presumably to reclaim a property lost when the Nazis began persecuting the Jews. The grandmother's story and the real reason for her visit are moving. The woman's story, with a melodramatic family member trying to edge in on the property and a romantic interest in the form of a cartoonist/tourguide for the Jewish ghetto, felt boring.


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