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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As we plowed through midterm papers, deeogratias kept coming across a phrase again and again: What I find perhaps most important about Deogratias is the extent to which Stassen emphasizes the unreliability of images and the emotional responses they provoke in readers. Stassen’s interweaving of the aftermath of the genocide and the events leading up to it deogratlas the impact of the horror, giving powerful expression to the unspeakable, indescribable experience of ordinary Hutus caught up in the violence.

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Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda

He struggles to reconcile what is going on around him with the normal issues and concerns that come with being a teenager. I was struck, emotionally, by the plight of Deogratias as he suffers mentally in the brutal aftermath of the genocide.

Through a series of flashbacks, Deogratias remembers how he and his two Tutsi childhood friends became enwrapped in the events that dominated Rwanda in Peacekeeping force, and many, many other factors.

His madness sinks my soul in anguish. This narrative is meant to redefine the idea of a protagonist and force the readers to feel a necessary discomfort associated with the genocide. Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor! Those blanks always seem more to me like a pregnant pause in an uncomfortable conversation. In fact, I wrote a chapter to be published next spring in Postcolonial Comics: Ma morte e follia sono in agguato, complici alleate e intrecciate.

OverAfrican men, women, and children were brutally murdered while the rest of the world stood by and did nothing, and in this novel J. IDK, there so many different degrees of intentional manipulation propaganda vs. This is a man who can only calm his mind, which is being tortured by images of the past, when he is drinking banana beer. When the President’s plane is shot down 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.


Deogratias is not a character to pity necessarily, but Stassen presents him as someone to allow readers to understand just how cataclysmic the Rwanda tragedy was and how difficult it was for the people who survived it. These seamless transitions within his mind are what drive him into a sense of psychology torture. But if readers want something that will educate them and impact them on various levels, Deogratias is a foregone conclusion.

Seriously, going to have to reread this one. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen

I need to read deogratas. Tortured by the events of this racially motivated extermination of a whole group of people, Deogratias goes on somewhat of a vigilante mission to exterminate all those that were complicit in the events that took place. In day three of Deogratias returns to the town looking for urwagwa banana beer because he is turning into a dog again, but doesn’t. At first glance, this would appear to be a relatively minor event in a graphic narrative about genocide, but in fact, it lays out the primary thesis: In an attempt to describe the psychological impact that the genocide had on Deogratias and others who lived through it, the creators of this story painted the main character as someone who woul Written and illustrated by Jean-Philippe Stassen, Deogratias: Apr 02, Paige rated it really liked it Recommends it for: My thoughts when I closed stassenn book were something along these lines: More minor characters include Augustine, a man of the Twa ethnic group, and Bosco, a Rwandan Patriotic Front officer who dtassen become a drunk after his work deogratiax help stop the genocide.


View all 5 comments. I found it confusing in how it would jump between time periods extremely rapidly and it was so short that the different characters were not well developed, so you really had to pay attention to who was who. Kate, have you read Cynthia Ozick on Anne Frank? But I still think overall it lacks impact for me as it may initially have done. His visual conceit in this work employed a variety of animals Jews as mice, Germans as cats, etc.

This story does an excellent job of highlighting the psychological implications that a trauma can deogratizs on someone. Shoot me an e-mail my alternate is katepolakmacdonald gmail. The story begins after the genocide. Character development in this narrative is not staasen focal point, nor does it do much to explain the underlying forces conducive to the violent outbreak. This book sstassen me a lot.


Overall this text reserves the integrity of syassen history of the Rwandan genocide with both its graphic history as well as its textual preface.

Deogratias is not in love with Benine, but with her sister Apollinaria. For example, Deogratias waits for Apollinaria outside of school, eager to present her with a comic book as a present.

He is still a young boy, but he has been driven mad by the things he has seen and the things he has done during the genocide. His madness Deogratias, the protagonist of this graphic novel, is a young boy, living in a country torn by ethnic strife as the Hutu prepare and eventually attempt to eliminate the Tutsi.

In your discussion of how we might best emotionally and materially engage with that photo of the starving child, for instance, you present a hierarchy of engagement valuing a boycott over a donation. The introduction offers a great deal of historical information that helps with the timeline and understanding of the following novel.