Barefoot Gen, Volume 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima / Edition 2by Keiji Nakazawa, Project Gen, Art Spiegelman
Pub. Date: 09/28/2004
Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco
This harrowing story of Hiroshima was one of the original Japanese manga series. New and unabridged, this is an all-new translation of the author's first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath, is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people. Its emotions and experiences speak to children and adults everywhere. Volume one of this ten-part series details the events leading up to and immediately following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
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Keiji Nakazawa survived the A-bomb attack in Hiroshima when he was six years old. This manga tells of a realistic fiction story about his and his family's life through the character Gen and what happened during the mid 1900s. I read it all in one day because it had captured my attention so intensely that I almost missed my train stop and walked into a pole. While reading, you will feel so many emotions - happiness, anger, endurance, defeat, hope, etc. A definite recommended read.