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Deogratias documents the story of a young man tragically affected by the Rwandan genocide, which resulted in the brutal murder of , people in a few short months. Deogratias is a young man of Hutu ethnicity. What exactly happened to him before and after the genocide is slowly revealed through an oscillating series of flashbacks and present-day revelations. By the end of the tale, we learn that Deogratias was once a typical, hormone-driven kid. He had a crush on a Tutsi girl named Apollinaria.

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Deogratias documents the story of a young man tragically affected by the Rwandan genocide, which resulted in the brutal murder of , people in a few short months. Deogratias is a young man of Hutu ethnicity.

What exactly happened to him before and after the genocide is slowly revealed through an oscillating series of flashbacks and present-day revelations. By the end of the tale, we learn that Deogratias was once a typical, hormone-driven kid.

He had a crush on a Tutsi girl named Apollinaria. When she rejects his advances, he pursues her sister, Benina. It is evident he cares very much about both of them.

When political events prompt the beginning of the genocide, Deogratias tries to save Benina from slaughter. Despite his best efforts, he is inevitably forced to participate in the genocide or be killed himself. It is revealed that he was intimately involved in the deaths of his friends.

He is constantly on the prowl for banana beer, which temporarily eases his guilty conscience. At times, he imagines he has transformed into a dog. As he grapples with the trauma of the experience, he is urged to reunite with the same people who forced him to carry a machete. In the end, he is hauled off by police, accused of poisoning complicit outsiders. Besides the introduction, the only text in Deogratias is dialogue.

That said, the reader must connect the dots to figure out what happened to the protagonist. This process can be a bit difficult, as the story jumps back and forth in time, sometimes on the same page.

What makes this easier for the reader, however, is the borders of the panels: panels with thick black borders indicate present-day events, while panels with white borders indicate flashbacks.

Perhaps the greatest indicators are the ongoing flashbacks and unwanted thoughts. He also demonstrates self-destructive behavior, as can be seen in his constant pursuit of Urwagwa, which is banana beer.

At the same time, he is mistrustful of others, so even when offered Urwagwa, he is concerned he will be poisoned. Deogratias avoids situations that bring back the memory of past trauma.

He is perpetually afraid, even of the night. This may also be due to insomnia, another symptom of PTSD. Deogratias is not an easy read. Due to the back-and-forth format, we have already developed empathy for Deogratias before the final revelation that he was involved in the murder of his Tutsi neighbors. As a result, the book leaves the reader with a bit of an ethical conundrum. That said, it is recommended for a mature audience. Graphic Medicine Novels: Deogratias. Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda.

Summary Deogratias documents the story of a young man tragically affected by the Rwandan genocide, which resulted in the brutal murder of , people in a few short months. Humanistic Revelations Deogratias is not an easy read. Report a problem.

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Deogratias, a Tale of Rwanda

The book was published in French in by Dupuis and has appeared in a number of different translations. The story takes place before, during, and after the genocide in Rwanda ; told through parallel storylines. It is divided between the present day and Deogratias' flashbacks, denoted by black borders for the former and blank borders for the latter. It follows Deogratias, a Hutu teenager who has been unstable ever since his two Tutsi friends died in the genocide. The story begins after the genocide. Deogratias is at a bar and meets an old friend, a French sergeant.

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Graphic Medicine Novels: Deogratias

Deogratias is the name of our main character who had lost his 'screw' in the head after an incident that was revealed towards the end of the graphic novel. He is a teenager and at the beginning of the book, we can see, like some of his peers, he is more concern about his curiosity of sex compare to anything else. I cant say more than that because the story is quite short. And I absolutely would not recommend this to those under 15 even tho you could definitely learn something from it.

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