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Hostage Hardcover – 23 May 2017

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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

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

A gripping visual narrative… You’re able to absorb the terrible accretion of time in a single glace – at which point you suddenly grasp just how well the comic serves this particular story. All this darkness and claustrophobia shouldn’t be exhilarating. The fact Delisle makes it so is yet another reason why he must be counted as one of the greatest cartoonists of our age. -- Rachel Cooke ― Observer

Here, Delisle takes a back seat and interprets someone else’s extraordinary experiences… As a graphic novelist, working with a lone, often inactive protagonist and a minimum of bare props… Delisle draws each day in cycles of subtle variations… Readers will find themselves held hostage to the end by Guy Delisle’s immersive interpretation of one ordinary man’s extraordinary resilience. -- Paul Gravett ― Times Literary Supplement

He deftly mines stillness and long stretches of inaction for uncomfortably taut drama. Delisle’s monochromatic palette only heightens the sense of captivity as a brutal mind game of uncertainty. -- Michael Cavna ― Washington Post Sunday

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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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House UK (23 May 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1911214446
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1911214441
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 450 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.1 x 3.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Recommended 👍
By Reading_Tam_Ishly on 4 February 2020
I absolutely loved this memoir! Kidnapped and how the author survived those days have been illustrated really well. It may seem repetitive but I was more curious and enjoyed every page except for the last few pages. My heart was pounding with each page. It's really liberating to read this memoir. The art and the colour hues totally synched with the theme. I never thought I would enjoy such a read. Wow!

I couldn't come in terms with the last part. Like it doesn't seem real at all. But nevertheless, this graphic novel is one of the most uplifting I have ever read.
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Janie U
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic experience to read and feel what Christophe went through
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 February 2018
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Mike Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this - order now - you will not be disappointed
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Russell LEAK
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 September 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great father's day giftal and a great read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2018
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S G Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed story telling , and totally true.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2017
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