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Beautiful new hardcover edition of Barefoot Gen! Striking new design with special sturdy binding for institutional use.
Barefoot Gen is the powerful, tragic, autobiographical story of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, seen through the eyes of the artist as a young boy growing up in Japan. The honest portrayal of emotions and experiences speaks to children and adults everywhere. Barefoot Gen serves as a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people, and as a unique documentation of an especially horrible source of suffering, the atomic bomb.
This is part seven of a ten-part series.
This vivid and harrowing story will... burn a radioactive crater in your memory that will never let you forget it. Gen is one of those few comix that actually pulls off the essential magic trick... those little marks on paper come to fully realized life. Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus
Highly recommended for older readers and for all libraries. The Library Journal
Invaluable for the lessons it offers in history, humanity and compassion. Publishers Weekly
...some of the best comics ever done... Robert Crumb, cartoonist
Nakazawa was born in Hiroshima, and was six years old when the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. All of his family members who had not been evacuated died in the bombing, except for his mother, and an infant sister who died several weeks after the bombing. Compelled to tell his story in the memory of his family, Keiji Nakazawa is best known for his epic tragic history Barefoot Gen.