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Hostage Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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"Hostage shows what it's like to be held captive ... Delisle brings readers into the room with the hostage and, more importantly, into his state of mind."―The Atlantic
"[Hostage is] an indelible portrait of an ordinary person facing a frightening ordeal."―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"The location captured [in Hostage] is less Andre's grim little room than his mind... Delisle transmute[s] tedium into compelling suspense."―The New York Times
"The account of André's experience... would be powerful enough, if depicted in prose alone. But Hostage is a comic, and it's Delisle's art ― his character design, his use of page and panel layout to underscore the mind-numbing sameness of solitary confinement while controlling the story's mood and pacing ― that makes us feel André's plight so deeply."―Glen Weldon, NPR
"This true story of a man’s kidnapping in Chechnya confirms Guy Delisle’s position as one of the greatest modern cartoonists."―Rachel Cooke, The Guardian
"Harrowing and beautiful... I've felt haunted by the book since I finished it."―John Warner, Chicago Tribune
"Delisle’s new book, Hostage, is his best since Pyongyang... In its beat-by-beat, day-by-day scope, is ultimately a travelogue about the power of imagination."―Hillary Chute, New York Review of Books
"In muted grays, André’s capture is depicted as both terrifying and monotonous at once. The terror of loneliness is present in every frame―the cells, tightly centered on André, claustrophobia-inducing in their own right."―Kevin Nguyen, GQ
"The gutters of a comic have never felt more like those prison bars than they do in Hostage. Still, Delisle’s humane approach keeps this from become a trip to the zoo; he makes you not just see, but feel André’s anguish."―Mark Peters, Salon
"A modern master of the travelogue... [returns] with a surge of blood-pumping adrenaline."―Amos Barshad, The Fader
“Guy Delisle conveys great, slow-burning tension in this sublime account of what Christophe Andre endured as a hostage in Chechnya. Delisle’s controlled handling of claustrophobic physical and mental spaces – and the rhythm he generates – is the work of a patient master.”―Joe Sacco, author of Palestine
“A book about a man trapped in the corner of a room should not be exhilarating, but somehow Delisle has managed to create just that. He takes us through Christophe André’s narrative of his time spent as a prisoner with an attention to detail that makes you feel like you’re right there with him, chained to a radiator, counting the days to keep yourself from losing your mind. My heart was racing by the end.”―Sarah Glidden, author of Rolling Blackouts
About the Author
Guy Delisle was born in Quebec City, Canada. His bestselling and acclaimed travelogues (Pyongyang, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Burma Chronicles, and Shenzhen) are defining works of graphic nonfiction, and in 2012, Delisle was awarded the top prize in European cartooning when the French edition of Jerusalem was named Best Album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He lives in France with his wife and children.
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Despite the grim topic, I found this a fascinating tale told in a way that acknowledges the boredom but is very compelling and is not boring. Readers identify with Christophe's mood swings and his speculations about what is going on and his feelings about his captors. Christophe manages to keep his sanity in an extremely trying experience. The grey-scale art fits perfectly with the darkened rooms and hard mood of the true story.