Perramus: The City and Oblivion by Juan Sasturain and Alberto Breccia
Hardcover – Fantagraphics – 481 pages
Perramus: The City and Oblivion follows the existential odyssey of a political dissident. When the skull-faced Death Squad comes for him, he flees, voluntarily loses his memory, and takes up the name “Perramus” from the brand of his raincoat. During his absurdist travels, he teams up with the gruff Cannelloni; a foreign aviator dubbed “The Enemy” by despot Mr. Whitesnow; and the blind author “Borges” (based on the real-life literary figure), who comes to be a guide. This motley crew journeys to outlandish locales where they encounter a variety of eccentric characters — including a director of trailers for films that will never exist; a guerilla force of circus folk, clowns, and puppeteers; a tin-pot dictator with a vast fortune built on an empire of excrement; and Ronald Reagan.