Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda by J.P. Stassen

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The 2000 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 eyes of a boy named Deogratias. He is an ordinary teenager, in love with a girl named Bénigne, but Deogratias is a Hutu and Bénigne is a Tutsi who dies in the genocide, and Deogratias himself plays a part in her death. As the story circles around but never depicts the terror and brutality of an entire country descending into violence, we watch Deogratias in his pursuit of Bénigne, and we see his grief and descent into madness following her death, as he comes to believe he is a dog.

Told with great artistry and intelligence, this book offers a window into a dark chapter of recent human history and exposes the West's role in the tragedy. Stassen's interweaving of the aftermath of the genocide and the events leading up to it heightens the impact of the horror, giving powerful expression to the unspeakable, indescribable experience of ordinary Hutus caught up in the violence. Difficult, beautiful, honest, and heartbreaking, this is a major work by a masterful artist.

About J.P. Stassen

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Stassen won the coveted Goscinny prize for Deogratias, and has developed other stories that offer a window into African daily life. His artwork is remarkably distinctive and eminently readable. He lives in Rwanda with his family.
Published May 2, 2006 by First Second. 96 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, War, History, Children's Books. Fiction

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...more Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda is a graphic novel that tells the fictional story of a young Rwandan, Deogratias, a Hutu, and his journey to madness and depravity during the mass genocide that occurred in the country in the early 1990’s.

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