Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe

Fantagraphics Books
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Her students draw images of tragic violence and careful optimism: rafts and tanks, flowers and the Eiffel Tower. In her eight years in Germany, Ali Fitzgerald experiences the highs of the creatively hopeful, along with the deep depression of the disillusioned, all while waiting to stumble onto her own glory like the great Modernists before her. In the gigantic plastic bubble that is the refugee center, worlds collide and echo, and her drawings are compassionate and unflinchingly intimate, perfectly visualizing the fantasy of her Bohemia crumbling in a globalized city.
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Ali Fitzgerald's weekly comic, "Bermuda Square," which appeared in New YorkMagazine's The Cut, is the first in its history. Before that she did a weekly stripfor McSweeneys.net. She has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Europe,been featured in the New York Times and Art in America, and her comics haveappeared in the New Yorker, Huffington Post, and Bitch Magazine. Born inOakland, CA, she graduated with an MFA from the University of Texas atAustin, and lives in Berlin.

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Publisher
Fantagraphics Books
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Published on
Oct 17, 2018
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Pages
196
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ISBN
9781683961321
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir
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A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: Vietnamerica
 
GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family’s history. Born and raised in South Carolina as a son of immigrants, he knew that his parents had fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. But even as they struggled to adapt to life in America, they preferred to forget the past—and to focus on their children’s future. It was only in his late twenties that GB began to learn their extraordinary story. When his last surviving grandparents die within months of each other, GB visits Vietnam for the first time and begins to learn the tragic history of his family, and of the homeland they left behind.

In this family saga played out in the shadow of history, GB uncovers the root of his father’s remoteness and why his mother had remained in an often fractious marriage; why his grandfather had abandoned his own family to fight for the Viet Cong; why his grandmother had had an affair with a French soldier. GB learns that his parents had taken harrowing flight from Saigon during the final hours of the war not because they thought America was better but because they were afraid of what would happen if they stayed. They entered America—a foreign land they couldn’t even imagine—where family connections dissolved and shared history was lost within a span of a single generation.

In telling his family’s story, GB finds his own place in this saga of hardship and heroism. Vietnamerica is a visually stunning portrait of survival, escape, and reinvention—and of the gift of the American immigrants’ dream, passed on to their children. Vietnamerica is an unforgettable story of family revelation and reconnection—and a new graphic-memoir classic.
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