Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Story of Boddah written and illustrated by Nicolas Otero

51of87yhul        Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Story of  Boddah written and illustrated by Nicolas Otero, Lettered by Troy Little. Translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger. IDW, 2016. 9781631407260

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Graphic fiction

What did you like about the book? This is an adaptation in graphic form of a novel, Le Roman de Boddah by Heloise Guay de Bellissen. When Kurt Cobain died, he left a letter addressed to Boddah, a childhood imaginary friend. This book is narrated by Boddah, as Cobain’s friend, alter-ego, and personal demon. Boddah witnesses and comments as Cobain travels through his life of musical accomplishment and personal self destruction, through his real love for Courtney Love and his real desire to die. Lots of drugs and booze. Expressive, mostly black and white illustration. Although the book touches on many events in Cobain’s life, it is not a biography, but rather a musing and a paean.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to adult fans of Nirvana and Cobain

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Adult graphic fiction, as it is rated “for mature readers.”

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: December 29, 2016

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