Baker & Taylor
A portrait of Jacob Shtarkah and his existential quest for meaning is set against the backdrop of the lives of ordinary people struggling to survive the Great Depression in the Bronx, portraying the economic collapse, leftist politics, and rise in Nazism. Reprint.
“Eisner was not only ahead of his times; the present times are still catching up to him.”—John Updike
Called “a masterpiece” by R. Crumb, A Life Force chronicles not only the Great Depression but also the rise of Nazism and the spread of socialist politics through the depiction of the protagonist, Jacob Shtarkah, whose existential search reflected Eisner’s own lifelong struggle.
Chronicles the lives of ordinary people surviving the Great Depression in the Bronx, portraying the economic collapse, leftist politics, and rise in Nazism.
New York: W. W. Norton, 2006