"highly recommended for older readers and for all libraries."
— The Library Journal
"invaluable for the lessons it offers in history, humanity and compassion."
— Publishers Weekly
Barefoot Gen is the powerful, tragic, autobiographical story of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, seen through the eyes of the artist as a young boy growing up in Japan.
The honest portrayal of emotions and experiences speaks to children and adults everywhere. Barefoot Gen serves as a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people, and as a unique documentation of an especially horrible source of suffering, the atomic bomb.
This is part one of a ten-part series.
"This vivid and harrowing story will burn a radioactive crater in your memory that will never let you forget it. Gen is one of those few comics that actually pulls off the essential magic trick of all good narrative art: the characters come to living, breathing life. "
— Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of MAUS (from the Introduction to Volume 1)
"...some of the best comics ever done..."
— Robert Crumb, cartoonist
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