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The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade

Viken Berberian (author) and Yann Kebbi (illustrator)

A young man’s arrogance and ambition collide with revolutionary politics in a visually groundbreaking graphic novel.

Enter Yerevan, the capital of Armenia — a city in ruins. Wrecking balls swing wildly and cement trucks race through congested streets. Aspiring architect Frunz and his father, the renowned builder known as Mr. Cement, plan to level Yerevan’s historic landmarks and flood the city with Trumpian high-rises. But this plan outrages the citizens of Yerevan, who rise up in Revolution. Amid the ensuing chaos, only one thing is certain: Frunz must brave the streets swarming with rebels in search of the Golden Mean.

Written by Viken Berberian with his signature originality and verve and drawn with audacious compositions, delirious colors, and a kinetic expressionistic technique by the acclaimed painter and illustrator Yann Kebbi, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade is a formally innovative and politically resonant work, by turns prescient, punchy, cautionary, and fearless.

Originally published by Actes Sud BD in 2017 with the title La structure est pourrie, camarade.

Learn more about the book here.


Viken Berberian is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Believer. His novels include The Cyclist  and Das Kapital: A Novel of Love and Money Markets. He lives in Armenia.

Yann Kebbi is a painter and illustrator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. He lives in France.

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