Corto Maltese. Celtic Tales
In this third volume in the definitive English language edition of Hugo Pratt’s masterpiece, the action moves from South America to Europe against the backdrop of the First World War. In these six stories Pratt further explores such complicated themes as patriotism and greed, revolution and opportunism, and betrayal and seduction.
“Career heroes leave me totally indifferent”
On the advice of a missionary, Corto heads for Venice, for that is where the clues leading to Eldorado are hidden. But in this series of European adventures, while wandering through France, Italy, Great Britain, and Ireland, Corto will find nothing but the horrors of World War I.
Horrors mitigated by a journey amidst the magic atmosphere of Stonehenge; by the seductive voice of an actress; and by the reappearance of an old friend who, like a memory, resurfaces from that salty sea where everything began.
Corto Maltese – Celtic Tales
Pages:: 140, black&white
Format: 9.25″ x 11.625″
“The Angel in the Window to the Orient” opens on a small island in the Venetian lagoon, where Corto resumes his search for the gold of El Dorado, only to come face-to-face with a beautiful—and familiar—blonde spy. Selfish pragmatism and rapacity play out in “Under the Flag of Gold” as he meets fictionalized versions of Ernest Hemingway and Aristotle Onassis.
The fight for Irish independence draws the peripatetic sailor to the Emerald Isle and a young revolutionary named Banshee O’Danann in the delightfully titled “Concerto in O Minor for Harp and Nitroglycerin”. Magic realism pervades “A Midwinter Morning’s Dream” Pratt’s tribute to Shakespeare, in a story set at Stonehenge on the plains of Salisbury, where Corto is joined by Morgana, Merlin, Puck, and Oberon to save Britain from the Teutonic invader.
“Côtes de Nuit and Picardy Roses” unfolds at the time of the Battle of the Somme in April 1918 that led to the death of Germany’s greatest ace, Manfred von Richthofen, the legendary Red Baron. In the final adventure—“Burlesque Between Zuydcoote and Bray- Dunes”—Corto reunites with an old friend from The Ballad of the Salty Sea and is drawn into a hypnotic tale of espionage in the northern communes of France.