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 ... 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Montreal, Quebec] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 1770462791 (hardback)
9781770462793 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: 364.154092 DEL
Characteristics: 432 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Dascher, Helge 1965-- Translator

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Guy Delisle’s library has largely stemmed from the cartoonist’s international ventures through exotic geographies including Jerusalem, Burma, North Korea and China. His intimate, stylized lines escorted readers through the areas via travelogues, volleying exciting bits on culture and history with... Read More »

Christophe André, a Doctors Without Borders administrator assigned to the Caucasus region in 1997, spends the bulk of Guy Delisle's 432-page graphic memoir in darkness, chained to a radiator in a largely empty room. The account of André's experience as a hostage, dictated to Delisle years later b... Read More »


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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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