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  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • S'enfuir Récit d'un otage
  • Guy Delisle
  • English
  • 03 July 2019
  • 9781911214441

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  1. says:

    Posted at Heradas ReviewI’m convinced that graphic novels are the perfect form for historical accounts and memoirs Like film it’s partly a visual medium but it’s free from the tropes narrative boundaries and language of film It’s also firmly in the realm of literature but free from the usual trappings of that medium as well It has all of the strengths of both and few of their weaknesses The story can be presented in a simpler language straightforward and raw and this often gives it a lot emotional impact In several ways historical accounts feels real and personal when presented in panels There’s a long history of doing just that Persepolis Maus and last year’s March for example were all exemplary and Hostage belongs right alongside themDelisle has done admirable work capturing the disorientation of Christophe’s hostage experience The language barrier between him and his captors keeps him entirely in the dark as to why he’s been kidnapped where he’s being held what the status of negotiations if any for his release are etc His world is reduced to 4 walls and a ceiling The reader is kept in the dark right there along with Christophe experiencing his story as he tells it Noises and events occur outside of his view and understanding and he’s left only to guess what they are; constructing his greater world from fantasy His mind escapes through his love of military history as he attempts to lose himself in some of the great battles of Napoleon and the American Civil War The illustration uses subtlety and simplicity to emphasize how slight the differences in Christophe’s day to day life become while in captivity For example the thin light moving across the wall shows how his perception of time has been drastically reduced It’s absence after he’s moved to a tightly controlled area is devastating This isn’t said but subtly shown There’s a story unfolding in the words and detail unfolding in the illustrations They meld together and create the greater story where they overlap It’s fantastically well doneOccasionally a new person feeds him or forgets to or leaves him uncuffed at night Sometimes he’s allowed a shower sometimes his captors offer him a cigarette The most heartbreaking part of this for me was the hyper excitement that Christophe experienced at the most basic of pleasures; things I take for granted every day of my life Finding some Garlic in a storeroom that he’s kept in and eating it after months of the same soup and bread day after day puts him into a state of euphoric bliss unlike anything I’ve ever experienced That hit me really hard When your life consists of being handcuffed to a radiator for months any little deviation from the norm is the highest peak imaginable At one point he’s given an omelette and nearly forgets that he’s a captive it’s so indescribably delicious to him Christophe obviously lived to tell his story to Delisle but I’ll leave that resolution up to you to discover for yourselves I will say that it’s uite a nerve wracking ordeal and the most thrilling part of this book I highly recommend checking it out


  2. says:

    This is a real story It took the author fifteen years to finish this nonfiction bookA man is kidnapped as he is doing humanitarian work in Nazran in 1997 He doesn’t understand what is happening seeing that he is working for an NGO and has no conflict whatsoever with the country or leaders of RussiaHe thinks maybe they want the money from the safe but they don’t seem to be interested in the keys that open it which are located in his pockets So Christophe spends his time locked away wondering what his abductors want and when he will be releasedThis is a very repetitive story I want to make that extremely clear because not much actually happens in it However that is to be expected or at least understood After all Christophe can’t control anything He is manacled locked starved He has no way of escaping or contacting someone He spends months thinking—reassuring himself that everything will be alright soon enough He can only go on if he knows there is hope The truth is that is the only thing that keeps him going In fact when everything is taken away from you—your family rights liberty life—the only thing that can keep you from losing your mind is the thought of one day getting those things back in some wayThat is exactly why Christophe keeps sane He thinks of his sister the beautiful city of Paris and unimportant but soothing to him historical factseventscharacters Although it’s a slow paced and repetitive story it’s also rather suspenseful especially since like Christophe himself you never know when the torture will end It might be in the next page chapter or never You just don’t know so you keep on reading because you can’t imagine yourself giving up on this book and by extension giving up on ChristopheAt least that’s how I feltBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  3. says:

    Guy Delisle always does a great job with understatement and can pass beautiful and strong messages with minimalist drawing and text I loved his books on Shenzen Pyongyang Burma and Jerusalem where he was working as a cartoonist and they were autobiographical accounts This one was uite different as it dealt with the kidnapping and captivity of a humanitarian activist Christophe André held for over 100 days in 1997 in Chechnia It is told simply with a spare black white grey and occasionally blue palette It feels highly realistic and is very engrossing I really enjoyed this one


  4. says:

    Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André tells the story of his kidnapping in Ingushetia North Caucasus in 1997 His story is both heartbreaking and inspirational his struggle to maintain his humanity in a situation that stripped him of the ability to make even the most basic decisions urinating when you have to yet moving past despair to trusting his fellow man again is a powerful story of survival and redemption


  5. says:

    How the paradoxes multiply – a very fast read about an excruciatingly slow passage of time; a visual medium used to tell a story of which the main feature is that a guy is chained to a radiator – not much to see in that godforsaken room; and yes the sophisticated art form of the graphic novel this time discloses the brutal human reduced to a chunk of maybe valuable maybe not meat that is your grotesue fate if you’re ever crazy enough to work for an international charity in a famously dangerous country In this case it was Ingushetia There are only two things known about Ingushetia in the West 1 No one has heard of it 2 It’s dangerousThis is a crushingly simple yet painfully suspenseful and also true story How is Christophe going to get out? And will he lose his mind before that happens? Why are the negotiations dragging on and on and on? Because the entire tale is scrupulously from Christophe’s point of view us readers end up seething with frustration We never do get to find out why the hostage takers did what they did who they were anyways and what were Christophe’s bosses doing all that time And I also wanted to know WHY a Westerner like Christophe would go off to a very foreign country without learning at least one of the local languages? I don’t want to blame the victim here heaven forbid but that seemed pretty crazyAnyway I love graphic novels like this – please – and this was one of the fastest ever experiences from hearing about the existence of a book yesterday morning to getting it and reading it and reviewing it all within 24 hours You can probably beat that record but my head is spinning in a good way Christophe's jailer forgets to handcuff back to the radiator one time after bringing him his daily soup


  6. says:

    Delisle is known for his autobiographical comics and cartoons chronicles of his experiences in different countries he visits on his wife's professional trips and recently amusing cartoon collections of his own bad parenting Hostage is by far his most ambitious work to date based on an oral history account he audiotaped of the kidnapping of Christophe André who was held captive for over 3 months in 1997 in Chechnya The book is 432 pages in which very little happens though as you might have guessed he does survive the ordeal though I won't reveal how as one might expect Christophe an humanitarian activist is taken in the middle of the night within the first days of his new job and he learns over time that his kidnappers just want money Ironically he is carrying the only key to a safe housing a lot of money that was very near to the bed from which he was takenIf I were to describe what happens in this book you would probably think it is pretty boring since every day he is handcuffed and only rarely gets free to go to the bathroom or eat A history buff he recounts in his head various epic historical incidents and he also passes the time trying not to imagine his worst fears about what is going on The gulf between his daily actions and the historical events is telling History is the account of great people recorded in history books; Christophe is not impressive or particularly courageous We know little about him What we know from this book is mainly the psychological account of his experience what it was like for him how he managed emotionally We know little of his life we know nothing of his work or politics We know little of his captors or their purposes It's just mainly about his mind while kidnapped and he is a simple straightforward guyThe effect of the few words and spare clean black and white drawings is increasing anxiety we feel for him and maybe also worries about how we might manage such insanity We are there When would we crack? Overall I think this is a pretty impressive work about an ordinary man under extraordinary circumstances


  7. says:

    In July 1997 while on a mission for Doctors Without Borders French worker Christophe Andre was kidnapped in the Russian Caucasus by Chechens and held for a 1m ransom He thought his release would be secured in one or two days not realising the months of captivity ahead of him Best known for his autobiographical comics about his travels in dangerous regions like North Korea and Jerusalem French Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle’s graphic adaptation of Christophe’s account is also his longest book to date clocking in at 430 pages I mention the length because it’s the main reason why I didn’t love this one though I didn’t dislike it that much either After the compelling beginning when Christophe is kidnapped he’s moved from one bare room to another where he stays handcuffed to radiators desperately trying to remember the date and waiting for his crappy meals Luckily his jailers aren’t violent towards him and leave him to his own devices but that doesn’t mean much There’s no dialogue with his captors as he doesn’t speak Russian and his inner monologue is limited most of which is taken up with wondering when he’ll be freed and occasionally recounting historical battles to distract himself from total boredom He’s a bit of a boring protagonist As a result the majority of the book is largely repetitive and dull blurring into one unmemorable sparsely worded static scene after another – it makes for a uick read though Delisle’s minimalist art doesn’t help liven things up either though it’s perhaps an appropriate match for the bland material I understand why Delisle structured the book this way to give insight into and convey the tedium and frustration of Christophe’s experience to the reader – but it doesn’t make the book any interesting to read It does heighten the excitement of the finale though as after hundreds of pages where barely anything happens a lot of thrilling stuff starts happening at once Still the reader does have to endure a lot of dreariness to make it to the worthwhile payoff Hostage is a decent comic with a gripping beginning and end but a very mediocre middle which is unfortunately the longest part Nonetheless it’s a remarkable story that I’m glad I read and I suspect that if you’re a Guy Delisle fan like me you’ll pick this up regardless Though I would’ve preferred a heavily edited down version I can still appreciate Delisle’s artistic vision for the comic even if that makes Hostage my least favourite of his books


  8. says:

    I absolutely loved this memoir Kidnapped and how the author survived those days have been illustrated really well It may seem repetitive but I was curious and enjoyed every page except for the last few pages My heart was pounding with each page It's really liberating to read this memoir The art and the colour hues totally synched with the theme I never thought I would enjoy such a read Wow I couldn't come in terms with the last part Like it doesn't seem real at all But nevertheless this graphic novel is one of the most uplifting I have ever read


  9. says:

    This was my night time read for a couple of weeks and boy was it bleak As you can see from the picture it was a hefty book It didn't send me off into slumberland with pleasant dreams Christophe is kidnapped from the NGO he's working for in 1997 and held captive in Chechnya While his captors seek a ransom from officials in Christophe's native Paris he endures harsh conditions and tries to keep from losing his sanity The ending of this story because he does live to tell it was so inspiring I raced through it all tonight Highly recommend


  10. says:

    Good book first graphic novel I read since I was 13 It was refreshing to read a book in which I don’t have to put too much of an effort The story deals with a NGO worker that was kidnapped by CHechnyan forces and kept there for 3 months the graphics help the story move along and the color pallet of the comic strips do feel in tone with the story


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S'enfuir Récit d'un otage

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How does one survive when all hope is lostIn 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 cart. Posted at Heradas ReviewI’m convinced that graphic novels are the perfect form for historical accounts and memoirs Like film it’s partly a visual medium but it’s free from the tropes narrative boundaries and language of film It’s also firmly in the realm of literature but free from the usual trappings of that medium as well It has all of the strengths of both and few of their weaknesses The story can be presented in a simpler language straightforward and raw and this often gives it a lot emotional impact In several ways historical accounts feels real and personal when presented in panels There’s a long history of doing just that Persepolis Maus and last year’s March for example were all exemplary and Hostage belongs right alongside themDelisle has done admirable work capturing the disorientation of Christophe’s hostage experience The language barrier between him and his captors keeps him entirely in the dark as to why he’s been kidnapped where he’s being held what the status of negotiations if any for his release are etc His world is reduced to 4 walls and a ceiling The reader is kept in the dark right there along with Christophe experiencing his story as he tells it Noises and events occur outside of his view and understanding and he’s left only to guess what they are; constructing his greater world from fantasy His mind escapes through his love of military history as he attempts to lose himself in some of the great battles of Napoleon and the American Civil War The illustration uses subtlety and simplicity to emphasize how slight the differences in Christophe’s day to day life become while in captivity For example the thin light moving across the wall shows how his perception of time has been drastically reduced It’s absence after he’s moved to a tightly controlled area is devastating This isn’t said but subtly shown There’s a story unfolding in the words and detail unfolding in the illustrations They meld together and create the greater story where they overlap It’s fantastically well doneOccasionally a new person feeds him or forgets to or leaves him uncuffed at night Sometimes he’s allowed a shower sometimes his captors offer him a cigarette The most heartbreaking part of this for me was the hyper excitement that Christophe experienced at the most basic of pleasures; things I take for granted every day of my life Finding some Garlic in a storeroom that he’s kept in and eating it after months of the same soup and bread day after day puts him into a state of euphoric bliss unlike anything I’ve ever experienced That hit me really hard When your life consists of being handcuffed to a radiator for months any little deviation from the norm is the highest peak imaginable At one point he’s given an omelette and nearly forgets that he’s a captive it’s so indescribably delicious to him Christophe obviously lived to tell his story to Delisle but I’ll leave that resolution up to you to discover for yourselves I will say that it’s uite a nerve wracking ordeal and the most thrilling part of this book I highly recommend checking it out

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Oonist 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 situationMarking 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 desperatio. Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André tells the story of his kidnapping in Ingushetia North Caucasus in 1997 His story is both heartbreaking and inspirational his struggle to maintain his humanity in a situation that stripped him of the ability to make even the most basic decisions urinating when you have to yet moving past despair to trusting his fellow man again is a powerful story of survival and redemption

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N starts to set in Working in a pared down style with muted color washes Delisle conveys the psychological effects of solitary confinement compelling us to ask ourselves some difficult uestions 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. In July 1997 while on a mission for Doctors Without Borders French worker Christophe Andre was kidnapped in the Russian Caucasus by Chechens and held for a 1m ransom He thought his release would be secured in one or two days not realising the months of captivity ahead of him Best known for his autobiographical comics about his travels in dangerous regions like North Korea and Jerusalem French Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle’s graphic adaptation of Christophe’s account is also his longest book to date clocking in at 430 pages I mention the length because it’s the main reason why I didn’t love this one though I didn’t dislike it that much either After the compelling beginning when Christophe is kidnapped he’s moved from one bare room to another where he stays handcuffed to radiators desperately trying to remember the date and waiting for his crappy meals Luckily his jailers aren’t violent towards him and leave him to his own devices but that doesn’t mean much There’s no dialogue with his captors as he doesn’t speak Russian and his inner monologue is limited most of which is taken up with wondering when he’ll be freed and occasionally recounting historical battles to distract himself from total boredom He’s a bit of a boring protagonist As a result the majority of the book is largely repetitive and dull blurring into one unmemorable sparsely worded static scene after another – it makes for a uick read though Delisle’s minimalist art doesn’t help liven things up either though it’s perhaps an appropriate match for the bland material I understand why Delisle structured the book this way to give insight into and convey the tedium and frustration of Christophe’s experience to the reader – but it doesn’t make the book any interesting to read It does heighten the excitement of the finale though as after hundreds of pages where barely anything happens a lot of thrilling stuff starts happening at once Still the reader does have to endure a lot of dreariness to make it to the worthwhile payoff Hostage is a decent comic with a gripping beginning and end but a very mediocre middle which is unfortunately the longest part Nonetheless it’s a remarkable story that I’m glad I read and I suspect that if you’re a Guy Delisle fan like me you’ll pick this up regardless Though I would’ve preferred a heavily edited down version I can still appreciate Delisle’s artistic vision for the comic even if that makes Hostage my least favourite of his books


About the Author: Guy Delisle

Born in uebec Canada Guy Delisle studied animation at Sheridan College Delisle has worked for numerous animation studios around the world including CinéGroupe in MontrealDrawing from his experience at animation studios in China and North Korea Delisle's graphic novels Shenzen and Pyongyang depict these two countries from a Westerner's perspective A third graphic novel Chroniues Birmanes