The concluding volume of the international bestseller and winner of many of
Europe's top comics awards, now available in English for the first
The Age of Discontentment is the second of two volumes presenting
the complete Alack Sinner comics by the Argentine-born team of artist
Jose Munoz and writer Carlos Sampayo.
detective Alack Sinner's adventures wear all the trappings of traditional
detective stories, but are imbued with such deep political conscience and
scathing critiques of corruption in society, that to think of them as nothing
more would be a grave error. Juxtaposed with meditations on the nature of
violence and exile in a noirish New York at the end of the 20th century, these
themes force us to confront the gritty injustices of our real world, making them
as evident as the grime and desperation that pervade traditional detective
Alack Sinner stories play out against a jazz soundtrack,
beginning in 1975 and running through the 2000s. The authors have rearranged the
stories by series chronology, rather than date of publication, providing a novel
reading experience for fans both new and old.
The Age of Disconetentment
presents eleven stories, including "Nicaragua," "Private
Stories," "The USA Affair," and "The End of the
Carlos Sampayo is an Argentine writer best known for his work in comics, particularly in collaboration with artist Jos Mu oz. Sampayo met Mu oz in Spain after he fled from the military junta. They created 'Joe's Bar' (short stories about clients of a caf in New York), 'Alack Sinner' (a hard-boiled detective in the style of film-noir), 'Jeu de Lumi res', 'Billie Holiday' and other stories. Sampayo also worked with Oscar Zarate, Jorge Schiaffino and Solano L pez. Born in 1942 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a child Jose Mu oz manifested a great passion for design, and a particular interest in the world of comics. He emerged as an independent artist in 1963 with his detective series "Precinct 56." In 1974 he met the Argentine writer Carlos Sampayo and this fundamental event would mark the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. Thus the character of Alack Sinner was born--a private detective whose human adventures were played out to the sound of jazz, and whose stories described both the misery and nobility of a New York that was imagined in such a way that it could almost have been real.