“Here is the book
I never knew
I was waiting for.”

Saul Williams

“Read it, then–quickly, before the spell breaks!–play one of Monk's records.”

Ben Ratliff

“Tout au long des pages souffle cette fraicheur exaltante des musiciens de jazz qui, malgré leur vie précaire, difficile, nous communiquent leur profonde liberté et nous entrainent dans l’urgence et la danse
de la vie !”

Nadine de Koenigswarter

“Magnifique ce Monk! de Youssef Daoudi. On voit Monk, on entend Monk, on pourrait presque dire qu’on le comprend !”

Jacques Ponzio

“Bravo à Youssef Daoudi d'avoir raconté cette histoire avec tant de finesse.”

Laurent de Wilde

“This exceptional memoir will leave readers feeling they’ve experienced a brilliant performance.”

Publishers Weekly

Daoudi weaves conversations, memories, and dreamlike sequences together using a variety of panel sizes, perspectives, and visual shorthand to create a lively and exciting biography that is as dynamic and complex as its subjects. Captivating graphic nonfiction.

Booklist

“The panel layout forces readers to stay focused, and the artwork is beautiful, with colors that are somehow at once vibrant and muted… A thorough and superb biography, for most nonfiction collections.”

School Library Journal

Best books of the year 2018

2019 Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee

Prix du meilleur livre de Jazz 2018

“Chose exceptionnelle, Youssef Daoudi dessine la musique de Monk. C’est le souffle de Monk, c’est le bruit de ses mains sur le piano !”

Laetitia Gayet – FRANCE INTER

“J’ai été subjugué par à la fois votre manière de rentrer dans la tête de Thelonious Monk sur 352 pages et par la beauté du trait…”

Alex Dutilh – Open Jazz – FRANCE MUSIQUE

“Sur près de 350 pages séparées en deux faces, Youssef Daoudi alterne passages narratifs et évocations enflammées de la musique qui l’habite.”

Vincent Brunner – LIBÉRATION

The graphic novel

Set against the backdrop of New York during the heyday of jazz, Monk! explores the rare alchemy between two brilliant beings separated by an ocean of social status, race, and culture, but united by an infinite love of music. This breathtaking graphic novel by Youssef Daoudi beautifully captures the life of the “the high priest of bop” in spontaneous, evocative pen and ink that seems to make visible jazz itself.

First Second / Macmillan – 09/25/2018 – ISBN: 9781626724341 – 352 Pages

Les Editions Martin de Halleux – 352 pages – 170 x 240 mm – Reliure cousue, cartonnée – Couverture sur papier texturé Efalin – Imprimé sur Munken Print White 115 g – ISBN : 978-2-490393-02-2

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