Hostage

Hostage

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"In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world. Close to twenty years later, award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle (Pyongyang, Jerusalem, Shenzhen, Burma Chronicles) recounts André's harrowing experience in Hostage, a book that attests to the power of one man's determination in the face of a hopeless situation. Marking a departure from the author's celebrated first-person travelogues, Delisle tells the story through the perspective of the titular captive, who strives to keep his mind alert as desperation starts to set in. Working in a pared down style with muted colour washes, Delisle conveys the psychological effects of solitary confinement, compelling us to ask ourselves some difficult questions regarding the repercussions of negotiating with kidnappers and what it really means to be free. Thoughtful, intense, and moving, Hostage takes a profound look at what drives our will to survive in the darkest of moments."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Montréal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017
ISBN: 9781770462793
1770462791
Branch Call Number: 364.15409 D3796h 2017
Additional Contributors: Dascher, Helge 1965-- Translator

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librarymovieguy Jun 28, 2017

Don't let the 432 page length deter you--you'll turn them very quickly. Guy Delisle is a bare-bones storyteller here. An outstanding graphic novel.

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kwsmith
Jun 25, 2017

In 1997, Christophe André was working as an administrator for Médecins Sans Frontières in Ingushetia before he was kidnapped by armed militia living across the border in Chechnya. This book details the three months that Christophe spent chained to an iron radiator before his daring escape. Guy Delisle is a master observer of places and people so his art style beautifully captures the dramatic isolation and fear that Christophe experienced during captivity.

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sat_a2z
Jun 10, 2017

Long but worth reading; graphic retelling of the experience (and escape!) of a hostage.

kim_biblio Jun 07, 2017

Incredibly emotionally claustrophobic. Amazing read.

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mclarjh
Jun 07, 2017

Usual great drawings and dialogue. But the story, by necessity, is boring, taking place almost entirely inside with little action or conversation.

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