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Gen Pés Descalços: Uma História de Hiroshima (Barefoot Gen #1)

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'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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Chris Blocker It is a slightly-fictionalized semi-autobiographical account of the author's experiences leading up to and following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.…moreIt is a slightly-fictionalized semi-autobiographical account of the author's experiences leading up to and following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Many parallels are drawn between the author's actual account and those of the character Gen, but there are some variances.(less)
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Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
I am seriously becoming a fierce fan of Graphic Novels lately. This one was recommended by a generous GoodReads friend Pooja, and I will be ever so grateful to her for this. This is my introduction to the world of Japanese Manga and boy, am I blown away!

Keiji Nakazawa is a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Aug'45. Barefoot Gen is his alter ego. He says he imagined his alter ego standing atop a roof, barefoot, raising his voice loud and clear, over and against the destruction his dea
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
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, history
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
Berna Labourdette
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
mucho se ha escrito sobre la bomba atómica en Japón, hay muchísimo material pero esta maravilla autobiográfica vale realmente la pena. Especialmente por el retrato que hace de los sobrevivientes, la situación de los coreanos que vivían en Japón y como se condujo el gobierno japonés con quienes eran pacifistas (como el padre del protagonista). Se hicieron dos películas de animación: Hadashi no Gen y Hadashi no Gen 2. Muy recomendable, en español se editaron 4 tomos por DeBolsillo.
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
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Komik ini terasa mengenaskan sekaligus menggugah karena dengan jujur dan berani mengakui, betapa suatu 'negara' (atau kelompok tertentu, entah karena punya duit atau kekuasaan lainnya) dapat menipu dan mencuci otak orang-orangnya sendiri agar bersemangat dalam kebodohan.

Itu saja... (untuk jilid 1 dulu ^^)
A masterpiece. Simple as that.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Zeichnungen mögen überholt und oldschool wirken, aber die Story und deren Darstellung haben es in sich und lassen einen, auch nach 100facher Erzählung der Ereignisse, noch Gänsehaut bekommen.
Chris Blocker
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still new to this genre, so I'm not entirely comfortable with all the terms. What exactly is a graphic novel? Comic books aren't considered graphic novels, so where is the line drawn? Barefoot Gen has the look of a daily comic, but feels more like a graphic novel, so what is it? My worry that I'll say something stupid sends me to the Internet searching for answers. Barefoot Gen is manga. I have a lot to learn. What exactly is manga? Japanese comics. I'm still confused as to where the line is ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marcos Francisco Muñoz
Este primero volumen de "Pies descalzos", es un relato dolido y descarnado de los días previos y meses posteriores a la detonación de 'Little boy' sobre la ciudad de Hiroshima en 1945.
Seguimos de primera mano a Gen Nakaoka (personificación de Nakazawa, el autor, dentro del manga), encontrándonos con la gris naturaleza del ser humano y lo poco consecuente de sus acciones.
Los trazos simples de Nakazawa, narran de manera vívida devastación y el dolor que que se encontró a su paso, pero mostrando a
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas-2015
un manga muy duro pero realista que hará pensar a más de uno como los humanos seguimos repitiendo nuestros errores sin aprender del pasado. A través de pequeñas viñetas muy realistas y duras podemos ver lo que vemos todos los en nuestras televisiones. Una lección del autor que no ha tenido mucha repercusión pero para los que los lean les hará pensar.

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I am a huge fan of graphic novels, especially those based on real events. Barefoot Gen definitely fits the bill, as it's Nakazawa's fictionalized re-telling of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, though it's based upon Nakazawa's own experiences.

This first volume deals with the events leading up to the bomb drop and what life was like for the average Japanese during World War II. There was very little food, and citizens were starving. Yet they were being brain-washed into blind obedience to
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As expected, this was incredibly hard to read and had me in tears at multiple points. Not only does it deal with the tragedy of the nuclear bomb, it also shows the life of an ordinary Japanese family in times of war. The struggles they faced are unimaginable from a modern perspective. This would have been harrowing to read about had it been fiction, but this being the author's own life story made it all the more powerful. Certainly would recommend this one, it's absolutely heartbreaking but also ...more
Oğuzhan Alpaslan
Savaş karşıtı eserlerin en önemlilerinden olabilir bu çizgi roman. Saf gerçeklikle savaşın fakirleşen halk üzerindeki psikolojik etkisi anlatılmak isteneni eksiksiz bir şekilde okuyucuya aktarmış. Sansüre gidilmeden en vahşet dolu anlar gösterilerek okuyucuyu psikolojik çöküntüye uğratan bu çizgi romanı okuyan bir insanın anti-militer bir karakter kazanmadan bu kitabı bitireceğini sanmıyorum. Tamamiyle mükemmel.
Sandrielle Sousa
Vishwesh Jirgale
Way better than movie :)
Carol Storm
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, heartbreaking story of a Japanese family devastated by the destruction of Hiroshima by the first Atomic Bomb. Though it's a relatively primitive-looking graphic novel, this story is a great human classic on the level of MAUS by Art Spiegelman or THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.

Be warned, however, that until you get to the heartbreaking final pages, this story is uneven in tone and it's very hard to adjust to the constant changes in mood and atmosphere. Imagine reading the Diary of Anne Frank
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ullie Kathlyn
Nem sei como começar a falar de Gen. Ainda to digerindo tudo que li e vi em cada quadrinho. Já apaguei mil vezes o que ia escrever kkkk então, esse volume de Gen, Pés Descalços mostra como o Japão estava se estruturando durante a guerra, como era a questão militar e como estava a população. É muito conflitante vários atos que ocorrem (alguns por questões de crenças e outros por estratégias militares), fiquei tipo "mas prq isso? Prq cês tão fazendo isso!?!?!?!?".


Muito triste ver que as pessoas q
Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian -
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone -- learn history!
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
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madre mía. Esto me va a hacer quedar fatal, pero siendo el primero de cuatro tomos (enormes) puedo decir con total seguridad que la obra es mmm...increíble. Es cierto que en un principio me dejé engañar por lo antiguo e infantil que es el dibujo de Keiji Nakazawa, ahora agradezco que sea así. Hace que, al ser contada la historia desde el punto de vista de un niño de no más de 11 años, todo sea dulce y "pequeño", hasta que ocurren las atrocidades llevadas a cabo por los DOS bandos de la guerra, y ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

Barefoot Gen (10 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
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Eight: Merchants of Death
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Nine: Breaking Down Borders
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Ten: Never Give Up