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~READ EPUB ☪ Les Larmes du seigneur afghan ♖ In this documentary comic we meet Belgian journalist Pascale Bourgaux as she travels with a cameraman back to a small village in the north of Afghanistan that she has been visiting regularly for ten years The village is controlled by the warlord and resistance fighter Mamour Hasan, who fought to expel the Taliban from his land just like the Russians before them To her great surprise, she finds the people there weary of the Europeans and corrupt Afghan officials and even the warlord s own sons seem ready to welcome the return of the Taliban This book uses the pacing and observational skills of artists Vincent Zabus and Thomas Campi to give a palpable sense of daily life in this troubled, faraway land as well as a behind the scenes glimpse of two seasoned journalists at workMars , la grand reporter Pascale Bourgaux part r aliser un documentaire sur un seigneur de guerre, dans un village du nord de l Afghanistan o elle se rend r guli rement depuis dix ans Compagnon d armes de Massoud l or e de ce si cle, farouche adversaire des talibans et chef respect , Mamour Hasan, puisqu il s agit de lui, n a pourtant pas connu de fonction gouvernementale la hauteur de son engagementContre toute attente, elle d couvre que nombre de jeunes, notamment le fils du chef de la tribu, sont sur le point de basculer dans le camp taliban Alors que le pays se d bat dans une situation des plus confuses, entre guerre, luttes d influence et corruption galopante, comment, dans ce bastion de la r sistance anti talibane, en est on arriv l Loin des clich s et des discours politiques, cette bande dessin e nous fait d couvrir la situation complexe d un petit village afghan Mais aussi le quotidien d une grand reporter en pleine action, la fa on dont le documentaire se construit de jour en jour, dans un pays o tre une journaliste occidentale n est pas sans danger Pascale Bourgaux, Vincent Zabus et Thomas Campi ont remport le Prix Cognitopour Les Larmes du seigneur Afghan lors de lame dition de la Foire du Livre Belge
This graphic novel will help to realize the picture of both sides of a global war zone, to understand the mentality of a war torn nation and to sense the hide and seek play between journalism and peacekeepers. Tears of An Afghan Warlord is a true story by Pascale Bourgaux and co written by Vincent Zabus with art by Thomas Campi It details a trip to Afghanistan in the early 2010s.Pascale Borgaux is a Belgian journalist who has been travelling to Afghanistan for years She has been there when things areprosperous, but this time, there is some poverty and belt tightening Her host is a resistance fighter named Mamour Hasan who is feeling the pressure from those around him to let the Taliban rega Tears of An Afghan Warlord is a true story by Pascale Bourgaux and co written by Vincent Zabus with art by Thomas Campi It details a trip to Afghanistan in the early 2010s.Pascale Borgaux is a Belgian journalist who has been travelling to Afghanistan for years She has been there when things areprosperous, but this time, there is some poverty and belt tightening Her host is a resistance fighter named Mamour Hasan who is feeling the pressure from those around him to let the Taliban regain control It seems that much of the aid money hasn t made it to his province Pascale and those helping her document their trip find themselves in a bit of danger and have to leave the country.The art is quite good and fairly colorful The story is compelling and shows what can happen after your country has a war and some of the combatants leave It s an ongoing story, so there is no resolution here, but I found it very interesting.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel An attractive, intelligent yet slightly naive European journalist gets back in touch with some Afghan sources, and finds them returning to the ways of the Taliban and their burka heavy, sexist, racist, drug growing, violent and Muslim ways It s probably a narrativesuited to those with specialist interest especially for the layman the book suffers as, for example, while it hinges so much on her making a film, we never find out the success, intended audience or nature of said reportage. An interesting read that offers insight into what Afghanistan is like from a non U.S perspective the author is a Belgian journalist and how the Taliban is still to this day a major force in the country. Rich art and a decent story, both of which offer a rare glimpse into life in Afghanistan At times I found the protagonist overly naive and the lettering style distracting Reviewed from a galley provided by the publisher via NetGalley This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was interesting I really liked how they added actual Afghani Dari phrases. Note I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I had big hopes for this work I have recently had the pleasure of reading non fiction graphic novels and Tears of an Afghan Warlord looked like it was going to be informative, thought provoking, and an easy to recommend work This, however, was not to be At All The work is confusing, unprofessional, poorly laid out, and if I m perfectly honest, aggravating Allow me to explain.As I started reading the work, I tried desperately to determine why this woman, Pascale Bourgaux, was traveling to Af I had big hopes for this work I have recently had the pleasure of reading non fiction graphic novels and Tears of an Afghan Warlord looked like it was going to be informative, thought provoking, and an easy to recommend work This, however, was not to be At All The work is confusing, unprofessional, poorly laid out, and if I m perfectly honest, aggravating Allow me to explain.As I started reading the work, I tried desperately to determine why this woman, Pascale Bourgaux, was traveling to Afghanistan I knew she was a reporter but I had no clue as to what she wanted to report on Once Pascale and her cameraman actually get to Afghanistan, we discover that the warlord, Mamour Hasan has invited her But wait In the next page, they re trying to film a gathering of government officials and start chasing after Mamour as if they ve never seen him before Huh Another scene that left me scratching my head was when Pascale is waiting to collect her bags at the Afghan airport She spies a woman wearing a mini skirt and quickly runs over to her to tell her she shouldn t be wearing an outfit like that and that the woman should come with her immediately to avoid getting in trouble But in the very next panel, it appears that Pascale has climbed into a car and has left the poor woman standing alone on the sidewalk, still in her mini skirt What Unfortunately, this would only be the beginning of poor layouts and artistic representation of the story For example, at one point we see Pascale getting homesick She begins to start tearing up and instead of the artist drawing a close up of her face with tears running down her cheeks and a cleverly placed speech bubble with the word sniff, they decide instead to write BOO HOO HOO This doesn t happen once, dear readers, but twice In a work that s trying to discuss women s rights and empowerment, these scenes totally detracted from that message Have we not gotten past that very dated phrase to represent a woman s sadness Especially in graphic novels The artist could have very tastefully shown Pascale was crying without reverting to a ridiculous phrase that cheapens the message the authors are trying to portray Another detrimental aspect of this work is how unprofessional the reporters are I was absolutely floored when Pascale literally says, Hey, you look like a Taliban with that turban on In a country where the majority of locals live in fear of the Taliban which Pascale is well aware of , saying that they look like one is an incredibly ignorant thing to say What s , we know this is actually what she said as this is her story and she is the author of the script Readers, prepare to bury your face in your hands in exasperation It gets worse As I mentioned earlier, one of the aspects of the village that Pascale wants to film which we figure out three quarters of the way into the work are the women Pascale is well aware of the traditions and culture and should be able to navigate these interactions properly Right WRONG Oh dear reader when Pascale asks to film one of the women, Nadiah, running errands in the bazaar, Nadiah says she can t because she is worried about who will see them and worries for their safety Pascale s answer I insist Yikes.Nadiah eventually agrees and they enter a clothing shop Pascale tries to get her to remove her burka in order to try on a scarf and starts preaching to the woman that the Americans fought the Taliban off so that she could be free of these old traditionalist laws Nadiah fires back thankfully that if the burka was Afghanistan s biggest problem, she would be very happy She then tells Pascale that their village has greater things to worry about such as hunger, access to medicine, and educating their children Nadiah also reminds Pascale that in her culture, the only man that can see her face is her fianc Once , Pascale s interactions are extremely disappointing because as a journalist and woman who has been in and out of Afghanistan for the past 10 years, she should KNOW this And yet, here she is consistently demonstrating her ignorance and how little respect she has for the country, the culture, and the women that she apparently wants so desperately to represent I finished my reading with the back cover of the work which states that it will look at the complex situation in a small Afghan village and that this was once a place of fierce anti Taliban action I can honestly say now that I had no idea that this was what the book was showing The novel never once says that the village was anti Taliban Further, the complex situation is just continually made worse by Pascale s words and actions In fact, there are several occasions when her cameraman has to tell her to stop as she is escalating the problem at hand.Because the novel was contextually confusing and because Pascale s actions were so aggravating, this is not a work I would recommend Perhaps the documentary itself is clearer but the novelization is just a huge disappointment Une plong e int ressante dans un conflit que ne ma trise pas suffisamment.