Barefoot Gen Volume 9: Breaking Down Borders

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Cartoonist Keiji Nakazawa was seven years old and living in Hiroshima in the early days of August 1945 when the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by the U.S.A. Starting a few months before that event, his ten-volume saga shows life in Japan after years of war and privations, as seen through the eyes of seven- year- old Gen Nakaoka.

Barefoot Gen Vol. 9

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In Volume 9: Gen continues to confront one setback after another -- the loss of his home, the death of a friend -- when a chance encounter gives new direction to his life. An impoverished but talented artist takes Gen under his wing and teaches him to paint. Inspired by the artist's assertion that "art has no borders," Gen vows to become an artist himself, and takes a job as apprentice to a local poster painter. Despite merciless bullying from his boss and the older apprentices, Gen perseveres in the pursuit of his new calling. "Some of the best comics ever done... Nakazawa, I'm sure, will be considered one of the great comic artists of this century." -Robert Crumb "Gen effectively bears witness to one of the central horrors of our time. This vivid and harrowing story will burn a radioactive crater in your memory that will never let you forget it." -Art Spiegelman

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Author Keiji Nakazawa
Publisher Last Gasp
Page Count 270pp
Publication Size 6 x 8.25
Publication Notes softcover, b/w
Publication Date February 1, 2010
ISBN 978-0867196009

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