Goddamn This War! by Jacques Tardi

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...he vividly conveys the horrors and sheer waste of the Great War. This new translation allows English-speakers to discover Tardi’s remarkable work.
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Tardi’s most recent war-themed graphic novel tracks an unnamed soldier’s experiences.

Created 15 years after the completion of his Eisner Award-winning World War I masterwork It Was the War of the Trenches, Tardi’s Goddamn This War! is no mere sequel or extension, but a brand new, wholly individual graphic novel that serves as a companion piece to Trenches but can be read entirely on its own. Vastly different sequentially (eschewing Trenches’ splintered narrative, Goddamn is split into six chronological chapters, one for each year of the war), graphically (Tardi deploys his more recent pen-ink-and-watercolor technique, with the bold colors of the early chapters fading into a grimy near-monochrome in the later ones as the war drags on), and narratively (all of Goddamn is told, with insight, dark wit and despair, as a first-person reminiscence/narration by an unnamed soldier), Goddamn This War! shares with Trenches its sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude. In fact, Goddamn This War! includes an extensive year-by-year historical text section written by Tardi’s frequent World War I research helpmate, the historian and collector Jean-Pierre Verney, including dozens of stunning rare photographs and visual documents from his personal collection. 152
 

About Jacques Tardi

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With over 30 graphic novels under his belt (a half-dozen of which have been translated into English), Jacques Tardi is considered the leading European cartoonist of the generation that came of age in the 1970s. His books published in America by Fantagraphics include West Coast Blues, You are There, It Was the War of the Trenches, and The Arctic Marauder. He lives in Paris with his wife, the singer Dominique Grange, and their cats.
 
Published August 3, 2013 by Fantagraphics. 152 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jun 10 2013

...he vividly conveys the horrors and sheer waste of the Great War. This new translation allows English-speakers to discover Tardi’s remarkable work.

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