Deogratias means “thanks be to God,” and it’s the name of a boy coming of age in Rwanda in He is just figuring out what it means to be 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. Buy *Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda* online, Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda Stassen First Second Paperback 96 pages. May rated 5 of 5 possible stars .

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Rwanad did learn more about the Rwandan genocide from it, and thought its exploration of how violent trauma impacts mental health was well done. Stassen won the coveted Goscinny prize for Deogratias, and has developed other stories that offer a window into African daily life. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.

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

Deogratias is a teenager living in Rwanda who is trying to survive. Deogratias experiences the loss of love… and sanity, in the process. To view it, click here.

As the conflict escalates, Deogratias witnesses murders and is forced to become involved in brutal acts of violence.

Several pages of background on the genocide will help ease readers unfamiliar with gale history into the story. Lists with This Book. I gave it five stars in part because I thought it was uniquely focused on social justice issues, and thought that was rare.

The graphic narrative narrative jumps between different parts of his memory before, during, and after the genocide in Rwanda. Some of the illustrations are not for the faint of heart. But Alexis Siegel, the translator, eloquently describes the events and history surrounding Rwanda inincluding bringing readers up to date through the s about what has transpired there. Trivia About Deogratias, A Tal It’s the story of Deogratias, a Hutu kid who lived through the times of the genocide in Rwanda.


Stassen experiments with different tones per mood, which is seamlessly paired with the text in each panel. Mar 29, Eileen Kinnane rated it really liked it. It’s heart-wrenching and a very realistic historical graphic oof.

I enjoyed the book’s artwork more than anything, and it was nonetheless still interesting to read. Feb 16, Shane rated it liked it.

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His books have been published in many languages, and his remarkable artistry has won him many awards. I also had read books on the Rwandan genocide and thought optimistically that it might be read by a YA audience in schools.

Although the graphic novel is comparable to that of a comic book in appearance, this particular graphic novel is anything but comical. Not for young readers.

This graphic narrative follows a young boy named Deogratias while he deals with the trauma of the Rwandan genocide.

Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda

It’s stark and startling with images that rip the reader to sheds depicting the Rwandan genocide and the disgusting tactics used in a fight that pitted Hutu and Tutsi groups against each other, though in the foreword, it explains that it’s more about the imperial forces that dictated this ‘difference’ rather than a real cultural difference between the two.

The constant time shifts, flashbacks, and parallel narratives make for a very difficult read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Yes, Deogratias becomes jaded and demoralized by what he has seen and done with flashbacks to before and now, the readers experiencing Deogratias’ life currently.

The story swings back and forth between the time before and after the genocide, and readers watch as a young boy concerned only about girls transforms into a young man tortured by his memories.

Stassen spares his readers none of the brutality and visceral cruelties of this atrocity. A Tale of Rwanda, written and illustrated by Jean-Philippe Stassen, is a graphic novel about a man named Deogratias and his experience living through the genocide in Rwanda. Deogratias has flashbacks to his life before the genocide. 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 eyes of a boy named Deogratias.


The sisters are themselves struggling to establish their own place in society and understand the difficult decisions their mother, Venetia, has made—Apollinaria’s real father deogratisa a white Catholic priest, and Venetia has been forced to leave the country in the past to save her daughters. It doesn’t shy away Interesting.

There are many flashbacks to when he was younger and healthier, but unlike other reviewers I did not find that confusing. The lesson should include clarity on the larger scale everlasting effects of the genocide. Stassen, a Belgian who lives in Rwanda, depicts the horror and violence including brutal rape and the starvation of children in small, compact deohratias and uses moody colorings and expressive characterizations to convey much of the human tragedy.

Murambi, il Memoriale del Genocidio: The illustration style thick, swift strokes, almost caricatures in places is not my choice of style but seems a good fit for the story. More a tiny slice of life and war than anything? Feb 04, Delphine Durst rated it it was amazing. Although there are violent images of murder and rape, it is not overly graphic and stays true to the actual events in the genocide. Dwanda, beautiful, honest, and heartbreaking, this is a major work by a masterful artist.

But Deogratias is Hutu, and they are Tutsi, a simple fact that renders all of their internal battles irrelevant. A Tale of Rwanda successfully depicts an individualized perspective of the genocide and would be a great addition to a lesson on taale history of this devastating event.

Read it when you’re in the mood to think about this because it sort of haunts you afterward.