Barefoot Gen Volume A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima Barefoot Gen presents the powerful tragic story of the bombing of Hiroshima seen through the eyes of the artist as a young Japanese boy seven years old when the American atomic bomb was dropped on

  • Title: Barefoot Gen: Volume 1, A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
  • Author: Keiji Nakazawa
  • ISBN: 9780867194500
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Barefoot Gen presents the powerful, tragic story of the bombing of Hiroshima, seen through the eyes of the artist as a young Japanese boy, seven years old when the American atomic bomb was dropped on his city.

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      He was born in Hiroshima and was in the city when it was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945 All of his family members who had not evacuated died as a result of the explosion after they became trapped under the debris of their house, except for his mother, as well as an infant sister who died several weeks afterward In 1961, Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a full time cartoonist, and produced short pieces for manga anthologies such as Sh nen Gaho, Sh nen King, and Bokura.Following the death of his mother in 1966, Nakazawa returned to his memories of the destruction of Hiroshima and began to express them in his stories Kuroi Ame ni Utarete Struck by Black Rain , the first of a series of five books, was a fictional story of Hiroshima survivors involved in the postwar black market Nakazawa chose to portray his own experience directly in the 1972 story Ore wa Mita, published in Monthly Sh nen Jump The story was translated into English and published as a one shot comic book by Educomics as I Saw It.Immediately after completing I Saw It, Nakazawa began his major work, Hadashi no Gen Barefoot Gen.This series, which eventually filled ten volumes, was based on the same events as I Saw It but fictionalized, with the young Gen as a stand in for the author Barefoot Gen depicted the bombing and its aftermath in graphic detail, with Gen s experiences being even harrowing than Nakazawa s own It also turned a critical eye on the militarization of Japanese society during World War II and on the sometimes abusive dynamics of the traditional family Barefoot Gen was adapted into two animated films and a live action TV drama.Nakazawa announced his retirement in September 2009, citing deteriorating diabetes and cataract conditions.He cancelled plans for a Barefoot Gen sequel In September 2010, Nakazawa was diagnosed with lung cancer and in July 2011, metastasis from lung cancer was found He died on December 19, 2012.See also

    193 thoughts on “Barefoot Gen: Volume 1, A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima”

    1. (Detail from a panel of volume two, this is from p. 6 of Barefoot Gen - The Day After)It’s taken me a while since I finished the tenth and final volume of the Barefoot Gen series to write up a thorough review. It’s hard to say why, exactly, (the cause could simply be laziness) though I suspect the power of the subject matter has as much to do with it as anything else. Keiji Nakazawa, Gen’s author, was a 7 year old child living in Hiroshima when the first atomic weapon obliterated the city [...]

    2. If there's one graphic novel that I'd recommend to anyone, even if they hate the manga style with a passion, it would be Barefoot Gen. Also a shocking if not completely horrific and graphic film, this is the story of a young boy caught in the chaos of WWII's Hiroshima, the disaster that leaves him struggling to survive when the people around him are destroyed in an instant. He's resilient, but the terror awaiting him and his family makes for a powerful cautionary tale for any reader. This is onl [...]

    3. My 6th grade teacher, Ms. Greenwood, had the Barefoot Gen series on a shelf in our classroom. I read all of these there. I now realize what a profoundly anti-war statement it was, leaving these books within the grasp of 12-year-olds--these are graphic novels about the bombing of Hiroshima, from the perspective of a young civilian boy who loses almost his entire family.The books juxtapose cartoons and the trivialities of youth with the singularly gruesome, nightmarish truths of using nuclear weap [...]

    4. I am seriously becoming a fierce fan of Graphic Novels lately. This one was recommended by a generous GoodReads friend Pooja, and I will be ever so grateful to her for this. This is my introduction to the world of Japanese Manga and boy, am I blown away!Keiji Nakazawa is a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Aug'45. Barefoot Gen is his alter ego. He says he imagined his alter ego standing atop a roof, barefoot, raising his voice loud and clear, over and against the destruction his dea [...]

    5. Life in Hiroshima in the weeks leading up to the atomic bomb is depicted by cartoonist, Keiji Nakazawa. He created the 6 year old Gen as his alter ego to show the experience. The book climaxes with the bomb where Gen’s family experience follows that of the Nakazawa family as the author writes in his forwarding note.The portrait shows a hard life in cruel situation. Hunger is the dominant theme. There is great conformity as people parrot their support for the emperor and the honor of dying for [...]

    6. Barefoot Gen is a graphic novel that tells the events of the bombing of Hiroshima. The story is very, very graphic and tells the events in a very emotional story. I'm surprised how deep this story goes on explain the tragedy of the aftermath of Little Boy.

    7. This graphic novel has been around a long time, but for some reason I only picked it up a couple of weeks ago. It is a chronicle of a child's life just before the bombing of Hiroshima. Soon after I picked up Barefoot Gen, the 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami hit Japan, and one of the nuclear power plants was damaged and began to vent radioactivity. Japan relies on nuclear power for a major chunk of its electric power. Nuclear power plays a major role partly because fossil energy sources are sc [...]

    8. Great manga!Not very good art. And this is shonen - and very shonen-like, for young boys, not for adults. But This is so strong anti-war manga! This is story one family in Hiroshima during war. Father is animilitarist, he is sent briefly into prison and all family suffer because it. They are marked as "traitors". The children are bullied and the oldest, 17-years old Koji, is volunteer into army because it (for sake his family). Father hates him because it. And he then suffers in army. The other [...]

    9. Let's be clear: WWII was awful, and the things that Japanese citizens went through were awful, and then having an atomic bomb dropped on them was also awful. Keiji Nakazawa has crafted a wonderful comic from a horrible series of events, making a dark part of history very accessible for people. This is a very important story and book.My only issue was with the artwork, and it is on my end, not Nakazawa's. The drawings were clear and the pacing was great. I just had trouble getting into the art st [...]

    10. mucho se ha escrito sobre la bomba atómica en Japón, hay muchísimo material pero esta maravilla autobiográfica vale realmente la pena. Especialmente por el retrato que hace de los sobrevivientes, la situación de los coreanos que vivían en Japón y como se condujo el gobierno japonés con quienes eran pacifistas (como el padre del protagonista). Se hicieron dos películas de animación: Hadashi no Gen y Hadashi no Gen 2. Muy recomendable, en español se editaron 4 tomos por DeBolsillo.

    11. 1) Deutsche Rezension2) English Review1) Deutsche RezensionDieser Manga war irgendwie enttäuschend für mich.Ich war schon nicht sicher, ob die Einführung von Art Spiegelmann nötig war, ich meine, es ist klar, welche Art von Geschichte das ist, also warum das Thema angehen, dass viele in Deutschland Comics nur als etwas für Kinder sehen? Alle die diesen Band in die Hand nehmen, können aufgrund des Titels sehen worum es geht. Ich denke auch, dass die Einführung nicht hier drin sein sollte, [...]

    12. Komik ini terasa mengenaskan sekaligus menggugah karena dengan jujur dan berani mengakui, betapa suatu 'negara' (atau kelompok tertentu, entah karena punya duit atau kekuasaan lainnya) dapat menipu dan mencuci otak orang-orangnya sendiri agar bersemangat dalam kebodohan.Itu saja (untuk jilid 1 dulu ^^)

    13. It was as good as it was told, this is one of the manga masterpieces everyone knows, it deserves reckoning. Eerily realistic and frank, one of the best comics I've ever read.

    14. Die Zeichnungen mögen überholt und oldschool wirken, aber die Story und deren Darstellung haben es in sich und lassen einen, auch nach 100facher Erzählung der Ereignisse, noch Gänsehaut bekommen.

    15. I'm still new to this genre, so I'm not entirely comfortable with all the terms. What exactly is a graphic novel? Comic books aren't considered graphic novels, so where is the line drawn? Barefoot Gen has the look of a daily comic, but feels more like a graphic novel, so what is it? My worry that I'll say something stupid sends me to the Internet searching for answers. Barefoot Gen is manga. I have a lot to learn. What exactly is manga? Japanese comics. I'm still confused as to where the line is [...]

    16. Wowwhat an allusive ending *cough cough Lion king much*. So this short tale of Gen and his life as a young boy in pre radioactive Japan. Seeing all the little trails he has to go through all because his dad openly talks down the war. His emotions are well portrayed because the reader can seen that his emotions change to fit the needs of the situations. It's interesting to see how fast Gen can go from the tyrannical older brother for his little brother Shinji to defensive younger brother for his [...]

    17. From : '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.'I read this book for a Japan [...]

    18. this book is not so much an indictment of the bomb, or America's decision to drop it on civilian populations. that would be nothing new, as reams have already been written about it, and by now, we all know that the atom bomb is bad, right? instead, the book is an exploration of civilian society in wartime japan, and how a misplaced sense of patriotism and unquestioning obedience of authority (is anyone else thinking of the folks who are writing in to newspapers demanding that TADA and POTA be re [...]

    19. Este primero volumen de "Pies descalzos", es un relato dolido y descarnado de los días previos y meses posteriores a la detonación de 'Little boy' sobre la ciudad de Hiroshima en 1945.Seguimos de primera mano a Gen Nakaoka (personificación de Nakazawa, el autor, dentro del manga), encontrándonos con la gris naturaleza del ser humano y lo poco consecuente de sus acciones.Los trazos simples de Nakazawa, narran de manera vívida devastación y el dolor que que se encontró a su paso, pero mostr [...]

    20. un manga muy duro pero realista que hará pensar a más de uno como los humanos seguimos repitiendo nuestros errores sin aprender del pasado. A través de pequeñas viñetas muy realistas y duras podemos ver lo que vemos todos los en nuestras televisiones. Una lección del autor que no ha tenido mucha repercusión pero para los que los lean les hará pensar.Más sobre mi opinión en la reseña del blogalmalectora/20

    21. I am a huge fan of graphic novels, especially those based on real events. Barefoot Gen definitely fits the bill, as it's Nakazawa's fictionalized re-telling of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, though it's based upon Nakazawa's own experiences. This first volume deals with the events leading up to the bomb drop and what life was like for the average Japanese during World War II. There was very little food, and citizens were starving. Yet they were being brain-washed into blind obedience to [...]

    22. As expected, this was incredibly hard to read and had me in tears at multiple points. Not only does it deal with the tragedy of the nuclear bomb, it also shows the life of an ordinary Japanese family in times of war. The struggles they faced are unimaginable from a modern perspective. This would have been harrowing to read about had it been fiction, but this being the author's own life story made it all the more powerful. Certainly would recommend this one, it's absolutely heartbreaking but also [...]

    23. Savaş karşıtı eserlerin en önemlilerinden olabilir bu çizgi roman. Saf gerçeklikle savaşın fakirleşen halk üzerindeki psikolojik etkisi anlatılmak isteneni eksiksiz bir şekilde okuyucuya aktarmış. Sansüre gidilmeden en vahşet dolu anlar gösterilerek okuyucuyu psikolojik çöküntüye uğratan bu çizgi romanı okuyan bir insanın anti-militer bir karakter kazanmadan bu kitabı bitireceğini sanmıyorum. Tamamiyle mükemmel.

    24. نقل تمام روزمرگی‌ها از زبان یک خانواده‌ی کاملا معمولی قبل از فرود LITTLE BOY.یک گرافیک نوول عالی که حتی امروز مناسب‌تر از پیشه.داستان ظالم و مردم عادی. پادشاه ( رهبری) که خدایی میکنه. بت‌سازی از جنگ و وطن‌پرستی. نژادپرستی، بی‌عدالتی، زندان و من فقط قسمت اول رو تا اینجا خوندم، اما [...]

    25. How often do you finish reading a comic with tears streaming down your face. Even before the horror of the bomb, this is a brutal and bruising tale of prejudice, abuse, repression, and military insanity. Thankfully the humorous antics of Gen and little brother Shinji make it bearable, and even fun at times. A powerful document that everyone should read.

    26. Barefoot Gen was a haunting and emotionally powerful book that helped to solidify the events that were happening in Japan before the atomic bomb was dropped, along with the day of. It showed the true suffering of many of the people caused by the corruption in the government, the disgusting effects of the government's propaganda upon the people, and the abominable acts that were performed by both the Japanese and Allied armies. The art style was iconic, and was somewhat cartoonish to me, but it o [...]

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