Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer VIKEN BERBERIAN—author of The Cyclist and Das Kapital—for a discussion of his latest work, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade, a graphic novel featuring illustrations by YANN KEBBI.
Special note: Viken Berberian will also be selling his novels The Cyclist and Das Kapital at this event. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the novels will go to Historic Boston, for the preservation and redevelopment of at-risk historic buildings in the Boston area. More information can be found at https://historicboston.org/
Enter Yerevan, the capital of Armenia—a city in ruins. Wrecking balls swing wildly and cement trucks race through congested streets. Aspiring architect Frunz and his father, the renowned builder known as Mr. Cement, plan to level Yerevan’s historic landmarks and flood the city with Trumpian high-rises. But this plan outrages the citizens of Yerevan, who rise up in Revolution. Amid the ensuing chaos, only one thing is certain: Frunz must brave the streets swarming with rebels in search of the Golden Mean.
Written by Viken Berberian with his signature originality and verve and drawn with audacious compositions, delirious colors, and a kinetic expressionistic technique by the acclaimed painter and illustrator Yann Kebbi, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade is a formally innovative and politically resonant work, by turns prescient, punchy, cautionary, and fearless.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.