PARACUELLOS: CHILDREN OF THE DEFEATED IN FRANCO'S FASCIST SPAIN -- heartbreaking stories filled with humanity, humor, and courage
Paracuellos: Children of the Defeated In Franco's Fascist Spain by Carlos Gimenez (2016, IDW Publishing; 136 pages)
This book is a graphic memoir that touches souls, especially the souls of those of us born in Spain.
Though Carlos Giménez´s autobiographical account of the plight of children in post-World War II Fascist Spain is filled with humor, it is often heartbreaking to read. One needs to be committed to learn about the darkest of history or have a historical curiosity for some of the most crucial times in our contemporary era in order to dive into this memoir and navigate the numerous dark vignettes. If the reader is, he or she will probably enjoy a book that has won virtually every comics award in Europe, including Best Album at the 1981 Angouleme Festival.
Carlos Giménez has written a work of great honesty and courage, created at a time when telling the truth about Spain’s political past could get one killed. As a matter of fact, the publication of this graphic memoir generated constant death threats from right-wing groups.
Paracuellos includes a beautiful foreword by Will Eisner, editor´s note by Dean Mullaney, and a chapter on The National Works of Social Aid, by Antonio Martin.
“Carlos Giménez uses his mastery of the comic strip medium to create a new paradigm that establishes a dialogue between history and memory, and coverts it into a demand for moral justice.¨ -From the Afterword by Carmen Moreno-Nuño, University of Kentucky.
Recommended for those with an interest in the history of Spain, or the art of Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. Also for those who are not afraid to learn about the horrors brought by dictatorships.
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Recommended by: Maite