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Berserk by Kentaro Miura

Berserk is a nightmare, a bad dream that keeps getting worse as it goes forward. It is also a masterpiece, one of the highest peaks in graphic literature. It belongs to the dark fantasy genre and can sometimes be disturbing. The story centers on Guts, a ruthless swordsman with a growing desire for revenge, surviving in a world of war and monsters. Even though it is one of the most violent books I’ve read, it is also very poetic and elegant in its narrative structure.

Kentaro Miura devoted his life to his work. As a teenager, he was already a master; he was fired as an assistant by some well-known mangakas because they had nothing to teach him. Every line of Berserk is carefully drawn, especially capturing movement as I’ve never seen before. We only have three or four artists like him each century. Miura, unfortunately, died last year, mainly because of high stress, overwork, and the pressure of writing Berserk. I get the chills every time I scroll through his last tweets: “My thirties are almost over. My life is a mess, with nothing but manga.” or worse, “I couldn’t see cherry blossoms with the naked eye even once this year.”

There was a time when I stayed away from graphic literature. I was (and probably still am) a pretentious and ignorant reader who thought literature was a league reserved for written words. I laugh at myself now. Why did I deprive myself of this masterpiece for so long? Please don’t make the same mistake I did, and download the first arch of this manga in the link below.

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A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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