GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works. ODYR is a Brazilian graphic novelist, cartoonist, and painter.
Odyr, using a bright palette, has fully adapted what Orwell called a fairy tale satirizing Stalin--and the result is elegant and heartbreaking. Odyr's images of animals casting off their bonds and then living with the results of their revolution are painterly and evocative, both loose and illuminating. Instead of a reduction of the original, Odyr's imagined barnyard world adds to the depth of the characters: His pigs, horses, sheep and hens have expressive faces and postures, revealing both sweetness and malevolence. --New York Times Book Review Brazilian graphic novelist Odyr's 'fully authorized' adaptation (in accordance with The Estate of Sonia Brownell Orwell) of Orwell's 1945 classic is affecting example...alchemizing Orwell's period writing into a timeless, immediately terrifying warning about the dangers of abusive power. --Booklist [Odyr's] rich brushstrokes do much to enhance the experience of Orwell's brand of satire. --New York Journal of Books