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] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781770462793
Branch Call Number: 364.154092 Andre-D
Characteristics: 432 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dascher, Helge 1965-
Alternative Title: S'enfuir. English

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JCLIanH Jun 06, 2018

Just your average story of a Doctors Without Borders worker kidnapped by Chechen rebels and held hostage. Christophe Andre spends the first couple weeks of his hostage situation assured that his release is in the process of being arranged. But the book is 430 pages long and you can see that it's going to be a while and, yeah. This is a totally harrowing and amazing story that puts you right in the terrifying drudgery of being chained to a radiator and not knowing if you will be released or taken out into the middle of nowhere and shot. Delisle perfectly capture's Christophe Andre's spirit and resolve, and his pacing is incredible. We spend so much time locked up with Andre, that when the endgame is suddenly upon us it is absolutely exhilarating (much like the scene of Andre coming across a clove of garlic after months of eating nothing but thin vegetable soup). My heart was pounding out of my chest. It's outstanding stuff, and easily my favorite book of the year so far.

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joshua7279
Dec 20, 2017

An interesting look into what its like to be a hostage. It's fascinating to see how he kept himself together mentally through the whole ordeal.

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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SpartanPalace
Jul 26, 2018

SpartanPalace thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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