Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle

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A timely and incisive portrait of a country on the tipping point After developing his acclaimed style of firsthand reporting with his bestselling graphic novels Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China, Guy Delisle is back with The Burma Chronicles. In this country notorious for its use of concealment and isolation as social control—where scissors-wielding censors monitor the papers, the de facto leader of the opposition has been under decade-long house arrest, insurgent-controlled regions are effectively cut off from the world, and rumor is the most reliable source of current information—he turns his gaze to the everyday for a sense of the big picture.

Delisle’s deft and recognizable renderings take note of almsgiving rituals, daylong power outages, and rampant heroin use in outlying regions, in this place where catastrophic mismanagement and ironhanded rule come up against profound resilience of spirit, expatriate life ambles along, and nongovernmental organizations struggle with the risk of co-option by the military junta. The Burma Chronicles is drawn with a minimal line, and interspersed with wordless vignettes and moments of Delisle’s distinctive slapstick humor.

About Guy Delisle

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Guy Delisle spent a decade working in animation in Europe and Asia. His 2012 book, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, won the highest prize in European cartooning, the Fauve d’Or, at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He lives Montpellier, in the south of France, with his wife and children.
Published September 30, 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Travel.

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In 2005-06, Delisle (Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China, 2006, etc.) accompanied his wife, who works as an administrator for Doctors Without Borders, to the country recognized by the United Nations as Myanmar.

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The Guardian

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Simply put, Burma Chronicles is the most enlightening and insightful book on Burma in years.

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Publishers Weekly

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DeLisle’s (Pyongyang ) latest exploration of Asian life is probably the best possible argument against the ruling junta in the embattled (and now nearly obliterated) nation also known as Myanmar.

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The Bookbag

Too often I've read travel reportage which harks back to what someone else has written - 'while here I read someone else say this about that' - but this doesn't find the time for such waste.

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Like other autobiographical cartoonists, Delisle’s honest storytelling gives not only a view of Burma, but his view of Burma.

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Charleston City Paper

September 24, 2008 .

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