"One of the most important writers in American literature." - Michael Chabon "Charyn skillfully breathes life into historical icons." - The New Yorker "Charyn, like Nabokov, is that most fiendish sort of writer - so seductive as to beg imitation, so singular as to make imitation impossible." - Tom Bissell Inspired by Herman Melville's novella, this graphic novel from the creators of The Magician's Wife recounts a gifted and innocent young man's recruitment by the Soviet secret service and his adventures in New York City as a spy. Publishers Weekly praised the tale as "vivid and sensitive" and the illustrations as "brilliant and meticulous." This edition boasts a new English translation by author Jerome Charyn and Introduction by Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100). Suggested for mature readers.