Free Online Library: Stassen. Deogratias.(Brief article, Book review) by “Kliatt”; Business Publishing industry Library and information science Books Book. Stassen’s interweaving of the aftermath of the genocide and the events leading up to it Deogratias, a Hutu youth barely out of his teens, now appears as a. The winner of the Goscinny Prize for outstanding graphic novel script, this is the harrowing tale of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, as seen through the e.

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It adds an interesting dimension to discussions of decolonization and genocide, which is useful I think particularly in the case of Rwanda, which is so frequently compared to the Holocaust feogratias, I would argue, than any other genocide in the 20h century.

Deogratias pines after her though she denies him. I read this graphic novel in the hopes that it would be a good piece to add to my classroom’s library. At several points in the story, Deogratias, scarred by everything that has happened, physically and figuratively transforms into a dog possibly literally at the end, as a policeman carries him off like a dog. Jul 09, Miss Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: Deogratias experiences the loss of loveā€¦ and sanity, in the process.

Scenes of rape, harsh language, and some sexual content solidly designate this book for a mature audience. Although there are violent images of murder and rape, it is not overly graphic and stays true to the actual events in the genocide. The people in the village treat him like a pet, a dirty stray dog. Furthermore, what we are shown when we choose to look is suspect as well, because what we see may be only partial. A small section at the b I had never seen a graphic novel about the Rwandan genocide, so the novelty will grab some readers.

Tortured by the events of this racially motivated extermination of a whole group of people, Deogratias goes on This graphic narrative follows a young boy named Deogratias while he deals with the trauma of the Rwandan genocide.


Deogratias means “thanks be to God,” and it’s the name of a stassej coming of age in Rwanda in The other key event, not long after TAing for Gary, was when the man who would become my husband handed me J. He remembers the crush he had on deogratiss two girls and how he tried to spend time with them.

The story takes place before, during, and after the genocide in Rwanda ; told through parallel storylines.

The story provides an illustrated representation of what life was like for people like Deogratias during peak conflict between Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, with failed intervention by the French. I knew that the war deogratiaa in Rwanda, between Hutus and Tutsis, but I didn’t know what caused that war.


This is a tough book to read. This was the first graphic novel I’ve read and even with the horror story it was trying to tell I still felt like I was reading a comic and it just didn’t convey the full extent of the Rwandan horror. I like knowing the history and stories about Rwanda. I think this book would be effective in a classroom setting.

The author grapples with a time hop between before and after the genocide, drawing the readers to the implications of what lead up to the mass murders, and how they changed the country and its remaining people thereafter.

Jean-Philippe Stassen

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Jan 13, Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: Deogratias was in love with with Appollinaria, but when she turned him down, he started dating her younger sister Benina. This way, westerners who did not have the chance to familiarize themselves with those events can learn a lot from this small book.

From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. His search for urwagwa, a banana beer, is relentless, and only 26 pages into this 79 page work, Deogratias is rendered bestial, becoming a dog as he creeps on all fours through the landscape back to an open tin-roofed shack not quite the width of a bed.


Not sure I get your larger argument about empathy, though. Two – it is about racism, imperialism, genocide, and basically people being horrific to other people. He also becomes mentally unstable as the book continues. The reader is left to wonder why he would be the protagonist. Webarchive template wayback links Graphic novel pop Articles that may contain original research from April All articles that may contain original research All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Articles with French-language external links.

As a work of storytelling, and exploration of regret and PTSD, it is exceptionally well-done. This is one of the most intense, gripping graphic novels to date; libraries with other factually themed titles, such as those by Joe Sacco, Marjane Satrapi, and Art Spiegelman, should purchase it.

Empathy for the victims of the Holocaust is one of the ways that America has positioned itself as good we were on the right side there and so erases our own unpleasant actions as Kate says including, for example, our refusal to deal with the way our support for Israel contributes to the persecution of Palestinians.

More a tiny slice of life and war than anything? At least as I see them!

: Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda (): J.P. Stassen: Books

Difficult, beautiful, honest, and heartbreaking, this is a major work by a masterful artist. The story is stasseen by going back and forth to the time of the genocide through Deogratias’ memories. Those blanks always seem more to me like a pregnant pause in an uncomfortable conversation.

While this story has a few examples of explicit language and sexual content, I would still recommend this story to young adults.

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