Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, 2011
Published by DC Comics
First panel: “When the cancer that had spread throughout most of his brain finally took the best of him, Schlomo Lerner had, at the age of 89, been in love 274 times. For each of his lovers the famous painter had made a portrait.”
Book Rx: For introspective days.
By my count Brás de Oliva Domingos, the lead character, dies nine times in the book. He dies aged 11, 47, 21, 38…
Daytripper is a thought-provoking book penned by twin brothers Moon and Bá. It’s a story about Brás: obituary writer, son of a world-famous author, himself also a famous author, doting father, little miracle, Jorge’s best friend, husband to the beautiful Ana, a doe-eyed young man traveling around Brazil.
Who Brás is and how far he goes in his life depends on what age he is when he dies. (Clearly.)
Daytripper is about life’s “quiet moments.” A look exchanged with a stranger in a crowded supermarket. The quiet of an empty apartment after someone whom you loved left. A loud lunch of rice and potatoes with the whole family.
Brás’ many deaths make the reality of our own mortality starker. At the same time, however, the thought of death has the capacity to energize us, to push us to make the best out of our lives.
The authors, on their book:
We wanted that feeling that life was happening right there, in front of every one of us, and we were living it.
And we did live it.
And sometimes we die to prove that we lived.
P.S. Off-topic, but just how musical are these two brothers’ names? Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. ♫