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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First Second; 1st edition May 2, Language: Where is their suffering coming from? There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Scenes of rape, harsh language, and some deoggatias content solidly designate this book for a mature audience.

Jean-Philippe Stassen

Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. This page was last edited on 9 Septemberat Jul 18, Anna Parkinson rated it it was amazing. When the President’s plane is shot deogratlas and the genocide begins, Deogratias hides Benina in his house, but she cannot stay there without knowing what happened to her mother and her sister.

People are mutilated with machetes, and women and girls are brutally raped in unimaginable ways, however, the images in this graphic novel does not reflect those sorts of images. An introduction sets the backdrop and explains the historical significance of the period.

And what is the point of feeling anyways?


Tim Gaze Creation Redux: The sisters are themselves struggling to establish their own place in society tsassen understand the difficult decisions their mother, Venetia, has made—Apollinaria’s real father is a white Catholic deoogratias, and Venetia has been forced to leave the country in the past to save her daughters. Set up a giveaway. The introduction offers a great deal of historical information that helps with the timeline and understanding of the following novel.


This was an enormously interesting read. The story is extremely powerful. By invoking empathetic identification with a perpetrator, to some extent Stassen is suggesting a broader complicity in the genocide than simply those hundreds of thousands deogragias did the killing.

Tortured by the events of this racially motivated extermination of a stadsen group of people, Deogratias goes on This graphic narrative follows a young boy named Deogratuas while he deals with the trauma of the Rwandan genocide. Feb 16, Jeffrey rated it really liked it. Like other reviewers, I want to say that I know not nearly enough about the Rwandan genocide.

In his continued presence, he is a manifestation also of what is absent in the present day. Apollinaria – Venetia’s oldest daughter who works at the church.

Stassen. Deogratias.

The text should not be used alone, because the individualistic story does not dive deep deogratiss into a larger-scale representation of the horrors that the genocide presented. It’s the story of Deogratias, a Hutu kid who lived through the times of the genocide in Rwanda.

Similarly, continued discussions about the genocide, calls for action against those responsible continue, and also critiques of the grossly skewed media coverage of the genocide attest to the importance of dialogue and the potentially transformative role representation can play including, of course, graphic novels.

The Rwandan massacre or genocide, depending on your point of view has barely made it into history books, and many people know little or nothing about it. My thoughts when I closed this book were something along these lines: With his return, you learn the truth of what happened during the genocide to cause Deogratias’ madness.

View all 3 comments. View all 10 comments. The author transitions into a comic-style piece with various sized panels per page, decorated with detailed images of both characters and places. Metacomics—like Maus, Deogratias, etc. Deogratias is in love with two Tutsi sisters, Apollinaria and Benina, who are the daughters of Venetia, a local woman and sometime-prostitute.


Deogratias experiences the loss of love… and sanity, in the process. But mostly I am left saddened and sorry for the people of Rwanda, while at the same time angry and appauled with the U.

Herein lies two major aspects of why Deogratias is an essential work. Stassen does a really nice job of portraying not only the physical atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, but the psychological ones as well.

He continuously turns into a dog to represent him changing into one of the people who are killing the Hutu and Tutsis. The main theme of the book is regret; the past constantly comes back to haunt Deogratias, be it of the genocide itself or his misdeeds. It’s heart-wrenching and a very realistic historical graphic novel. I am asserting that Deogratias reminds us that the object of our empathy may not be deserving of it, and that, perhaps more importantly, from our vantage point in relation to the Rwandan Genocide, we were considerably closer to the bystanders who did nothing than to the victims who suffered.

It didn’t matter to him that they were Tutsi and he was Hutu, or how their mother made her money to support them.