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Gen Pés Descalços: Uma História de Hiroshima (はだしのゲン (中公文庫―コミック版) #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,701 ratings  ·  213 reviews
'Gen - Pés Descalços' é uma história autobiográfica. O autor, Keiji Nakazawa, tinha 7 anos quando a bomba atômica atingiu Hiroshima, cidade onde morava com a família. O livro é um relato da vida de uma família japonesa, vítima da bomba atômica, durante e após a Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 1999 by Conrad (first published 1973)
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May 13, 2010 Bruce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a must-read for everyone
(detail from a panel of volume two, this is from p. 6 of 'Barefoot Gen - The Day After')
(Detail from a panel of volume two, this is from p. 6 of Barefoot Gen - The Day After)

It’s taken me a while since I finished the tenth and final volume of the Barefoot Gen series to write up a thorough review. It’s hard to say why, exactly, (the cause could simply be laziness) though I suspect the power of the subject matter has as much to do with it as anything else. Keiji Nakazawa, Gen’s author, was a 7 year old child living in Hiroshima when the first atomic weapon obliterated the city and ne
Dec 11, 2007 James rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone/everyone. They're hard to find though.
My 6th grade teacher, Ms. Greenwood, had the Barefoot Gen series on a shelf in our classroom. I read all of these there. I now realize what a profoundly anti-war statement it was, leaving these books within the grasp of 12-year-olds--these are graphic novels about the bombing of Hiroshima, from the perspective of a young civilian boy who loses almost his entire family.

The books juxtapose cartoons and the trivialities of youth with the singularly gruesome, nightmarish truths of using nuclear weap
Life in Hiroshima in the weeks leading up to the atomic bomb is depicted by cartoonist, Keiji Nakazawa. He created the 6 year old Gen as his alter ego to show the experience. The book climaxes with the bomb where Gen’s family experience follows that of the Nakazawa family as the author writes in his forwarding note.

The portrait shows a hard life in cruel situation. Hunger is the dominant theme. There is great conformity as people parrot their support for the emperor and the honor of dying for hi
Nancy Yamaguchi
This graphic novel has been around a long time, but for some reason I only picked it up a couple of weeks ago. It is a chronicle of a child's life just before the bombing of Hiroshima. Soon after I picked up Barefoot Gen, the 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami hit Japan, and one of the nuclear power plants was damaged and began to vent radioactivity. Japan relies on nuclear power for a major chunk of its electric power. Nuclear power plays a major role partly because fossil energy sources are sc ...more
Veronika KaoruSaionji
Great manga!
Not very good art. And this is shonen - and very shonen-like, for young boys, not for adults. But... This is so strong anti-war manga!
This is story one family in Hiroshima during war. Father is animilitarist, he is sent briefly into prison and all family suffer because it. They are marked as "traitors". The children are bullied and the oldest, 17-years old Koji, is volunteer into army because it (for sake his family). Father hates him because it. And he then suffers in army. The oth
Let's be clear: WWII was awful, and the things that Japanese citizens went through were awful, and then having an atomic bomb dropped on them was also awful. Keiji Nakazawa has crafted a wonderful comic from a horrible series of events, making a dark part of history very accessible for people. This is a very important story and book.

My only issue was with the artwork, and it is on my end, not Nakazawa's. The drawings were clear and the pacing was great. I just had trouble getting into the art st
1) Deutsche Rezension
2) English Review

1) Deutsche Rezension
Dieser Manga war irgendwie enttäuschend für mich.
Ich war schon nicht sicher, ob die Einführung von Art Spiegelmann nötig war, ich meine, es ist klar, welche Art von Geschichte das ist, also warum das Thema angehen, dass viele in Deutschland Comics nur als etwas für Kinder sehen? Alle die diesen Band in die Hand nehmen, können aufgrund des Titels sehen worum es geht. Ich denke auch, dass die Einführung nicht hier drin sein sollte, schli
Wow...what an allusive ending *cough cough Lion king much*. So this short tale of Gen and his life as a young boy in pre radioactive Japan. Seeing all the little trails he has to go through all because his dad openly talks down the war. His emotions are well portrayed because the reader can seen that his emotions change to fit the needs of the situations. It's interesting to see how fast Gen can go from the tyrannical older brother for his little brother Shinji to defensive younger brother for h ...more
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Sep 06, 2007 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
From Amazon: 'This harrowing story of Hiroshima was one of the original Japanese manga series. New and unabridged, this is an all-new translation of the author's first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath, is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people. Its emotions and experiences speak to children and adults everywhere. Volume one of this ten-part series details the events leading up to and immediately following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.'

I read this book for a
Elizabeth A
Oct 08, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Coursera
Shelves: graphix, 2014
From the book blurb: 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.

This is book one of a ten part series, and I am delighted that Project Gen has made English translations available.

Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of manga style comics, so have steered away from that whole section of graphic novels. Reading this book has changed my mind, and I plan to
4.5 stars.

Like Art Spiegelman's Maus, Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen uses the comics medium to bring horrible events alive on the printed page. Although I don't consider myself a manga fan, this story of civilian life in Hiroshima leading up to the dropping of the atomic bomb was captivating and gut-wrenching. There's an anti-war message that's almost too heavy-handed at times (perhaps something lost in the translation from the original Japanese?), but Barefoot Gen never fails to be an intriguing
This left me feeling a bit sick and I'd suggest it is a book that is honest, and painfully real, and definitely not for the faint of heart. That said, I am grateful I stumbled across the recommendation to read it and decided to do so.

Nakazawa is a Hiroshima survivor and wrote this semi-autobiographical series to convey his experience and perspective. The forward of the book will tell you what you're going to see laid out as graphic novel, so it is not going to be a spoiler to explain he survive
Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian -
Keiji Nakazawa, the author, is a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. I saw him in the HBO documentary film, White Light / Black Rain. I'd heard of Barefoot Gen before, but had never read it. After listening to Nakazawa-san speak of his experience, I couldn't wait to read this manga.

The book did not disappoint. I expected to be, and I was, deeply moved by the plight of the victims of the bomb. The characters we meet are well-formed--representing groups of people (fanatical patriots, brainwashed
Autobiographical story of a boy growing up in Hiroshima before the A-bomb dropped. In the propaganda-driven ultra-nationalist madness of wartime Japan, Gen's family are reviled as traitors because of the boy's father's anti-war feelings. The family struggles with food shortages and a surprising degree of bullying from neighbours and officials, with parents and children facing several moral dilemmas right up until the bomb drops at the end of Volume 1. But the survivors' problems are far from ove ...more
Joe Santoro
I looked at this on the shelf at the library a long time before I finally picked it up.. it doesn't look like much from the cover.

The book is something altogether different. Relentlessly brutal and upsetting, even if the author is using some dramatic license (most account would indicate he's not), it's a wonder there was a Japan left after the war.

It's hard to call so depressing a story good, but it is extremely poignant and well written.
My roommate-now-housemate/longtime-friend-by-now recommended this book to me. It is a graphic novel depicting the life of a young boy growing up weeks before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The young boy's family did not support the war, and adopting such a stance within the city meant subjecting yourself to abuse from everyone else, since the Japanese government demanded that its citizens support the war effort. The first volume of this story takes you right up to the bomb dropping and ...more
I'm playing with Goodreads recommendations, so far … so fun. I haven't thought about "Barefoot Gen" for a long long time. A much older cousin gave me this to read when I was about ten years old, all I can say is that I was *too* young to read it.

I still remember parts of the story quite vividly. It's simply but powerful drawn, but the imagry was much too powerful and disturbing for me at that age. Several years of nightmares about nuclear mayhem followed. Now that I think about it, my nightmares
Philippe Malzieu
A manga with Hirochima as subject. I didn't like manga. Generally the story was poor and pitcures hateworthy. And there is Jiro Tanigushi ("Distant neighboroud") and I discover that manga could be good graphic novel.
The interest of the book is that it shows the Japanese society completely militarized. The family of Gen is considered as pariats. They are not in the standard and are object of raggings. The bomb is going to upset these values.
It's good, but the drawing makes too manga. I do not l
Makazawa's early-70's collection of "Barefoot Gen" stories are considered a masterpiece of Manga, and rightfully so. His is a subject of overwhelming difficulty: the life of a poor child who survives the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and he handles it with care. A modern reading of it shows that it suffers from some of the conventions of early Manga - melodrama spiked with occasional "cartoon" antics - but this diminishes the power of the tale only slightly. An anti-war tale for the ages, it's in ...more
Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima is an autobiographical graphic novel series that has ten volumes which was written by Keiji Nakazawa and relates his experiences during and after the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. This first volume relates the experiences of Daikichi Nakaoka and his family from April 1945 to that historic and catastrophic day. He and his pregnant wife Kimie, and their five children Koji, Eiko, Akira, Gen, Shinji struggle to find food to eat as al ...more
About much more than the use of a nuclear bomb... It's simply impossibly hard to imagine what this story relates. At the same time, you are instantly dropped into this narrative that is distinct, comic, and so real that you can't turn away from it. It shows the insanity of the Japanese war effort---and the huge racial, ethnic differences the Japanese saw in its foreign enemies (Americans, Koreans---whom they enslaved, and the English). The madness and pride of Japan was really the surprising, ce ...more
Benjamin DeSalvo
The story begins in Hiroshima during the final months of World War II. Six-year old Gen Nakaoka and his family live in poverty and struggle to make ends meet, but Gen's father Daikichi urges them to "live like wheat", which always grows strong, despite being trod on. Daikichi is critical of the war, and when he shows up drunk to a mandatory combat drill and backtalks to his instructor, the Nakaokas are branded as traitors and subject to harassment and discrimination by their neighbors. To restor ...more
Basmah Al-Soli
الجزء الأول من سلسلة مكونة من أجزاء.. مؤلفها من الناجين من هيروشيما (كان عمره وقتها سنوات) يحكي فيها قصته الحقيقية، قصة عائلته، مدينته، وما رآه وعايشه من أحداث، أثنائها وبعدها

أنتج لهذه السلسلة فلم من أجزاء، انمي، أوبرا ....

كل ما أستطيع قوله: أنها تفطر القلب :" كل ماكنت أعرفه سابقاً: أن هناك قنبلة ذرية، ألقيت على مدينتين (هيروشيما وناقازاكي) فأبادت كل من فيهما.. لم أكن أعرف أصلاً أن هناك من نجا! معلومات كثيرة جديدة علي هنا

للمزيد عنها:
Probably one of the most interesting books I've read. Great storytelling, it flows nicely & never does it get boring. Talking about a touchy subject like the A-bomb on Japan, the author makes the story even more interesting since it's based on his life. This is what real manga should be about; characters who you can kinda relate to, emotions wise & empathize w/. It's definitely a sad but touching story @ the same time, seeing Gen, main character try to grow up as a kid & face bullies ...more
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Loveliest Evaris
Any asshole from my country that has ever tweeted or posted a status update on FaceBook saying something along the lines of " _____ is karma for Pearl Harbor" should read this book.

You may argue that Japan was absolutely brutal towards its POWs and enemies, as seen in their ill treatment of Chinese and Koreans, the Rape of Nanking, and even their downplaying of the use of "comfort women" by their soldiers during WWII. Now that matters, but this story right here proves to you that not everyone w
I have to be clear about one thing before I begin. I do not usually read graphic novels or manga, so I really cannot speak to the quality of this book in a comparative manner. That said, this is something that everyone should read, even if you are not a fan of graphic novels or manga.

So often we talk about the numbers of people who died or who suffered long term effects from the bombing of Hiroshima, but numbers do not invoke empathy. Its through the memories of the individual survivors who wit
I haven't read a comic or graphic novel in ages, and my son was strapped into a stroller at the library and ready to head to the ice cream shop. So I had the opportunity to peruse my library's shelves in the graphic novel section- and Gabe picked this one for me. What an unerring eye he has for great reads... I can't believe I've never encountered this before, and as tough as it is to read, I'm so very glad it came my way.

The very real story of Hiroshima and the bomb, from the perspective of a 6
Wow. This is one of those books I am so glad to have read even though it has left me feeling almost ill. An autobiographical story about life in Hiroshima just before the atom bomb was dropped on it, ending with the day the bomb is dropped. So much to think about as a result of reading this - a library book I want to buy my own copy of now.
With lots of violence (I haven't read many japanese comics so I don't have any context for this), including domestic violence, lots of fighting by kids and be
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He was born in Hiroshima and was in the city when it was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. All of his family members who had not evacuated died as a result of the explosion after they became trapped under the debris of their house, except for his mother, as well as an infant sister who died several weeks afterward. In 1961, Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a full-time cartoonist, and produced ...more
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Other Books in the Series

はだしのゲン (中公文庫―コミック版) (7 books)
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Two: The Day After
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Three: Life After the Bomb
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Four: Out of the Ashes
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Five: The Never-Ending War (Paperback)
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Six: Writing the Truth
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Seven: Bones into Dust

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