Vignettes of Ystov

  • Published by Jonathan Cape, London, 2011
  • 64 pages, 208 × 292 × 8 mm
  • ISBN 978-0224090360
  • £14.99Buy

Vignettes of Ystov is a series of interlocking comics set in ‘Ystov’ – an Eastern European city of the imagination. The stories document the restraints, obsessions and small triumphs of an eclectic cast of characters: a janitor creating a museum of dustpan detritus, a defunct poetry society, scientists cataloguing coincidences, havoc-wreaking children, and a pair of parting lovers.

This book was published in French by Cambourakis

Selected press

A compelling cross between Soviet Realism and a Madeleine book… begs to be re-read again and again.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

A subtle reflection on storytelling and narrative

The Association of Illustrators

It is drawn and lettered exquisitely…and written precisely and beautifully. Goldsmith is one of the finest new talents who are remaking the form.

The Times

Lovely and lyrical

Time Out

A series of strikingly strange short stories. His interlocking tales are served with a heavy splash of wit


A beautifully realised work and a breath of fresh air


Goldsmith’s stories are suited perfectly to the brevity of the comic format…pieces of places and things that had no initial value are suddenly priceless, as he assembles a speculative history for each one.

It’s Nice That magazine

In his striking graphic novel debut, Goldsmith’s typography and design derive from a kind of hand-drawn, humanised Constructivism… Goldsmith’s comics shine via his texts, concise and precise, delighting in the choicest word. He is a paper architect, building his city story by story.

Art Review

Other information

  • Nominated for a Newton First Book Award at Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Winner of The K Blundell Trust Award, Society of Authors