Fatherland

Fatherland

Graphic Novel - 2014
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A remarkable autobiographical graphic novel by a Serbian living in Canada, Fatherland is the story of her family -- especially her father, a Serbian nationalist who died in mysterious circumstances -- and through them of the whole Balkan conflict.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;In 1975 Nina Bunjevac's mother fled her marriage and her adopted country of Canada and took Nina back to Yugoslavia to live with their grandparents. Peter, her husband, was a fanatical Serbian nationalist who had been forced to leave his country at the end of World War II and migrate to Canada. But even there he continued his activities, joining a terrorist group that planned to set off bombs at the homes of Tito sympathisers and at Yugoslav missions in Canada and the USA. Then in 1977, while his family were still in Yugoslavia, a telegram arrives to say that a bomb has gone off prematurely and Peter and two of his comrades have been killed.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Nina Bunjevac tells her family's story in superb black-and-white artwork. Fatherland will be recognized as a masterpiece of non-fiction comics, worthy to stand beside Persepolis and Palestine.
Publisher: London :, Jonathan Cape,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780224098342
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIX 949. 702 BUN B
Characteristics: 160 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm

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IanH_KCMO Sep 29, 2016

A bit like Persepolis-lite. The subject matter is immensely interesting and covers a period/place in history not often written about, and the art is amazing, but the story falls a little flat. And this is incredibly dumb and nitpicky but there was one typo early on and I couldn't stop wondering how they missed it, it's so obvious!

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mclarjh
Jul 21, 2016

Great woodcut-style drawings, if a little static. The story was okay, but the author (protagonist) plays little part.

bibliotechnocrat Jan 22, 2016

This memoir / family history deals largely with the author’s father – a Serbian nationalist – whose experiences during the Second World War left him an embittered drunk. When the father dies by accidentally setting off a bomb he was preparing for a terrorist act, the family must deal with the consequences and face their unsettling history. The illustrations drive the narrative in this one and are truly extraordinary.

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