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In 1986, Afghanistan was torn apart by a war with the Soviet Union. This graphic novel/photo-journal is a record of one reporter's arduous and dangerous journey through Afghanistan accompanying the Doctors Without Borders. Didier Lefèvre’s photography, paired with the art of Emmanuel Guibert, tells the powerful story of a mission undertaken by men and women dedicated to mending the wounds of war.
Take a Look Inside The Photographer
These color panels and striking landscapes document Didier Lefèvre's journey across the Hindu Kush mountains with Doctors Without Borders (click each image to see the full page).
|Mountain crossing with a caravan of horses and donkeys ||Clinic in northern Afghanistan's Yaftal Valley|
Starred Review. This documentary graphic novel brings together starkly beautiful black and white photographs taken by Lefèvre, intimate drawings by Guibert, skillful design by Lemercier and a vibrant translation and thorough introduction by Siegel. In 1986, photographer Lefèvre was hired by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF; Doctors Without Borders), to document a mission into northern Afghanistan. Along the way, he and the doctors, guides and interpreters with whom he traveled endured physical hardship and the fracas of war. In one memorable scene, the group must cross an open plateau where Russian planes fired on the previous MSF caravan. Photographs acting as panels emphasize the vast openness of the plateau, while drawings allow a glimpse of the small human gestures of the travelers. Arriving on the other side of the plateau, they reach a wooded area where, two years ago, they buried the man who didn't make it. This revelation is punctuated by a large photograph of the burial mound under the trees, the mix of drawings and photographs heightening the emotional impact. Originally published in three volumes in France, the book has sold more than 250,000 copies there, and the reach of this magnificent work promises to extend far beyond the graphic novel community. (May)
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Absolutely brilliant! The things some people go through just to help others.Published 1 month ago by Km! Ra
Gives you an amazingly in-depth, humanistic view of Afghani people and their daily joys and hardships. Really cool illustrations too, and great stories throughout. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stardust
This is a graphic memoir which tells the story of French photojournalist Didier Lefevre, on his first major assignment documenting the work of Doctors Without Borders in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by EpicFehlReader
One of the most brilliant graphic novels/art books I've ever read. I recommend this so highly to any student/teacher of the marriage of art and life, as well as of the beauty and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by emcibi
Great insight into Afghanistan, and wonderful to understand how MSF works in these conflict environments.Published 6 months ago by Teresa
Amazing book that opens eyes to those who are willing to read it with an open heart.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great way to document something you want to share with everyone. Guibert Writes the extreme conditions of traveling into Afghanistan at a time when the Russians were still at... Read morePublished 13 months ago by trin carl
Perfect shopping experience: This book is very interesting and like nothing I'd seen before. It was exactly how it was described online, the price was fair and the delivery was on... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Juan C Edwards
Often GRNs which feature photos to tell their story do not work. Smartly, the creators combined photo storytelling with old-fashioned comics storytelling. Read morePublished 15 months ago by K