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Graphic Novel: Paracuellos-English y Español

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:55 pm    Post subject: Graphic Novel: Paracuellos-English y Español Reply with quote

Paracuellos Volume 1 Paperback – March 22, 2016
by Carlos Giménez

English version on Amazon:

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Paracuellos is a work of great courage, created at a time when telling the truth about Spain's political past could get one killed. It is arguably the most important graphic memoir ever created in comics.

Carlos Giménez's autobiographical account of the plight of children in post-World War II Fascist Spain has won virtually every comics award in Europe, including "Best Album" at the 1981 Angoulême Festival, and the "Heritage Award" at Angoulême in 2010.

In the late 1930s when Spanish fascists led by Franco, and aided by Hitler and Mussolini, overthrew the elected government, almost 200,000 men and women fell in battle, were executed, or died in prison. Their orphaned children—and others ripped from the homes of the defeated—were shuttled from Church-run "home" to "home" and fed a steady diet of torture and disinformation by a totalitarian state bent on making them "productive" citizens.

Carlos Giménez was one of those children. In 1975, after Franco's death, Carlos began to tell his story. Breaking the code of silence proved to be a milestone, both for the comics medium and for a country coming to terms with its past.

An illustrated essay by Carmen Moreno-Nuño, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, places the comics in historical perspective.

"The stories transcend just being about a historical moment in Spain. Their humanity will speak to everyone. The stories are heartbreakers, but Carlos never loses his sense of humor."—William Stout

With a preface by Will Eisner.


Versión en castellano en Amazon.com (US):

Versión en castellano en Amazon.ES:

Todo Paracuellos/ All Paracuellos (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – April 30, 2007
by Carlos Gimenez

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Una autobiografía en viñetas que habla sobre la represión que el franquismo ejerció en unas cuantas generaciones de españoles a través de los hogares de la Obra Nacional de Auxilio Social.

El lector tiene en sus manos la edición en un solo volumen de Paracuellos, la serie de historietas que Carlos Giménez realizó entre 1977 y 2003. Por estas páginas se pasean los huérfanos que dejó la guerra civil, con sus chascarrillos, sus juegos y sus héroes de cómic; los falangistas que les inculcaban «el espíritu nacional», las madres separadas de sus hijos, el hambre y la soledad.

«Me gustaría que estos relatos que se cuentan en los seis álbumes de la serie Paracuellos fueran considerados no solamente como la historia de unos colegios raros y perversos, sino además, también, como una pequeña parte de la historia de la posguerra española. Quizá una parte no muy importante en términos generales, pero en términos particulares, para los que nos tocó vivirla y para nuestros familiares, suficientemente importante como para querer dejar constancia de ella.»
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks pretty awesome Art. I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.
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