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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Ludwig Mueller est un traducteur-interprète allemand aux ordres du parti hitlérien. Alors que la Seconde Guerre mondiale entame un virage inquiétant, ce mari désabusé et père peu préoccupé par sa famille est envoyé à Hiroshima afin de travailler sur des documents confidentiels, au contenu crypté. Là-bas, il lui est cependant impossible d'échapper à ses tourments qui se gra ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 5th 2017 by Dupuis
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prettybooks
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
14/20

Les « Hibakusha », survivants au bombardement nucléaire ayant touché Hiroshima sont au coeur de cette BD historique qui mêle drame nucléaire, guerre mondiale, et histoire d’amour romanesque. Un destin tragique qui m’a touchée même si j’aurais aimé un peu plus d’approfondissement des différents sujets.

Ma chronique : https://myprettybooks.wordpress.com/2...
Erin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thilde Barboni’s Hibakusha is not a simple or straightforward graphic novel. By, definition, hibakusha is a descriptor denoting a survivor of either of the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki in 1945 and the novel explores that concept in both the physical and metaphor capacities.

Olivier Cinna’s artwork enhances the narrative with beautiful renderings that are at once strikingly emotional and brutally honest. I though
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Laura
An interesting but heavy handed story of a German and a Japanese woman, in Hiroshima, in 1945, just before the bombing. And of course, he is working in what is now known as the Atomic Dome, which is one of the few buildings standing after the atomic bomb.

So, to have the German man working there, and strolling past there, as the cherry blossoms bloomed all over was about quite enough foreboding for me.

So, I was not at all surprised as to what happened, especially with the name of the book, which
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Maxine
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hibakusha is the Japanese word for the surviving victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The word literally translates as "explosion-affected people" and is used to refer to people who were exposed to radiation from the bombings.
-Wikipedia

As a child, German Ludwig Mueller had lived for several years in Japan where an accident left him lame. As a result, when WWII starts, he's not fit for combat. However, thanks to his fluency in Japanese, he becomes an interpreter. He is
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Richard
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a few graphic novels published by Europe Comics and I found them to be secret delights and inspiring gateways into wonderful stories and classic illustrations that transform simple words.
None demonstrate that more beautifully than this account of a wartime romance between two souls divided by culture and seen as enemies towards the end of the second world war.
A love story is a beautiful vehicle for condensing feelings into emotional reactions captured in a moment where your hea
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Etienne
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
2,5/5. I get what the author was trying to put into paper and I respect it. But unfortunately it didn't please me. Probably too slow for me, but it have beautiful artwork and a decent story with an historical background. Everything is there, but it lack a little something to make it hold all together in a great way!
Bruna Miranda
So, I get where the story comes from, it's really moving how the author and artist worked together to show the effects of the Hiroshima bombing. No doubt the artist/illustrator is very talented and does a beautiful work. However, I couldn't connect to the story or the main character - first of all because he's still a nazi. There's only one moment when he repents the work he's doing, conveniently that's when everything is already done.

I expected this to have a hundred pages or so, but it was rea
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Kartika
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short story written by Thilde Barboni and illustrated by Cinna is a profound novel with equal amounts of sensuality and realism. It is a graphic manifesto to remind us all of the history, to remind us all of the time when humanity got lost and to remind us of the time when innocent lives were compromised over war and politics, a time of barbarism.

Ludwig, a German by birth and a Japanese translator/interpreter by profession, is a troubled man with a family. He never found love in his wife an
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Jessy
What draws me to graphic novels is the art.

It is the art that makes me decide if I want to read the graphic novel, not the story line. Sure, it should at least awaken a little interest, but it is not the most important detail. If I wanted to read a particular story, I’d read a novel, not a comic. A novel is longer, usually more detailed and not finished as quickly.

But sometimes, just sometimes, imagination is not enough anymore, and we wish to see.
Graphic novels combine books and art, and I lo
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review
Title: Hibakusha
Author: Thilde Barboni & Olivier Cinna (Illustrator)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: *****
Review: So, this is the story of Ludwig working as a translator in 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan, which isn’t a good time to be Japanese or German. We learn that Ludwig was crippled as a child which means he couldn’t be a soldier during WWII, but he had skills which were used by the German Reich. Ludwig dreams of escaping his loveless marriage as they only thing they share is a son and
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Cathy
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Script: Thilde Barboni
Artwork: Olivier Cinna

My Thoughts:
Hibakusha is the Japanese term for survivors of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima or Nagasaki in 1945. To read about the personal experience of Hibakusha, try Barefoot Gen, a graphic novel series by Keiji Nakazawa. There is also a very good multigenre novel titled Sachiko by Caron Stilson.

This is a fictional love story of a German translator and a Japanese woman in Hiroshima in 1945. What makes this intriguing is that the author starts with the
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Ije the Devourer of Books


'Hibakusha (被爆者) is the Japanese word for the surviving victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The word literally translates as "explosion-affected people" and is used to refer to people who were exposed to radiation from the bombings.'

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel tells the story of two people affected by the bombing of Hiroshima.

Ludwig is a translator and interpreter. He is married with a small son but his marriage is not a happy one. In any case he keeps h
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Liz (Quirky Cat)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Hibakusha through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Hibakusha is a tale set in real events. It’s sometimes heavy handed, sometimes a romance, and at a few points heartbreaking and concerning. It tells us a love story between a German man and a Japanese woman during WWII.
This is one of those stories where you sort of know how it’s going to end right from the beginning. Even if you don’t know the specifics…you get a feel for things. As details are reveale
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Tara
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is a tragic and haunting story, because I knew that hibakusha is the word for survivors of the atomic bomb in Japan. This story is about a German officer who unable to take part in active duty is sent as an interpreter to Japan, he is in a loveless marriage and falls in love with a Japanese girl. I don't believe in spoilers as I never want to ruin a book for anyone, but as this is set in Hiroshima and it's title is Hibakusha then you can guess its outcome isn't happy, but I still won't ruin
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Coline (Flamyoi)
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bd, japan
En voyant la couverture, et connaissant un peu l'histoire de la bombe atomique et des hibakusha au Japon, je n'imaginais pas que l'histoire irait plus loin que ça. En fait, je pensais que la bombe serait le point de départ, que ce serait une histoire des survivants. En fait, l'histoire commence en 1944 et apporte un point de vue que je n'avais pas envisagé jusqu'ici. De plus, je ne connaissais pas l'effet "chambre noire" de la bombe, aussi ai-je beaucoup apprécié le côté doc/Histoire de cette ba ...more
Theediscerning
Read in English courtesy of Europe Comics and Netgalley.

Hmmm… A bloke getting sucked off by a strange, beautiful hitch-hiker, Nazis… This would seem to be right up my street. But then (certainly if you don't read the blurb first) the book meanders onto a very different path, and a quite unexpected one. Only finally, after some pretentiousness unfortunately, does it yield its real substance. Which would be fine in itself, but the proceedings were so varied, almost schizophrenic, that I don't thin
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Raven Terry
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite things about Graphic Novels is the potential to turn a Story into ART, or to give art a story. In all honesty I can't tell you which this is. Was this work art first or was it a story? It's difficult to know when both parts are equally breathtaking and beautiful. The evolution of Ludwig was slight but powerful. The love that they shared was both heart warming and heart breaking, you could literally feel the need for healing for poor Ludwig, not just physical but emotional as w ...more
Kristine
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Hibakusha by Thilde Barboni & Olivier Cinna is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in mid-November.

A repressed, self-doubting man with a vivid, philosophical imagination named Ludwig living in Berlin during 1944 before being dispatched as a translator for Nazis in Japan. Later, he is soothed by a masseuse who he quickly falls for, then is taken prisoner as a traitor when the war ends and the comic itself ends on a confusing notes. There's an overall smeary use of bland pastels with big
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Kiri
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

A potentially intriguing story... I just wish there was more depth to it. I didn't connect with the characters because there was nothing to them to connect with.
Robert
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mooi verhaal.
Beetje kort.
Kurt Thys
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Verdienstelijk, maar zo'n belangrijke gebeurtenis verdient een diepgaander boek.
Carole
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Une belle histoire d’amour et un magnifique dessin.
Andrea
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cómic, by-women
Es un cómic muy bien dibujado y que hace algunas reflexiones interesantes, pero me ha dejado muy fría.
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: Hibakusha
Author: Thilde Barboni & Olivier Cinna (Illustrator)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: *****
Review: So, this is the story of Ludwig working as a translator in 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan, which isn’t a good time to be Japanese or German. We learn that Ludwig was crippled as a child which means he couldn’t be a soldier during WWII, but he had skills which were used by the German Reich. Ludwig dreams of escaping his loveless marriage as they only thing they share is a son and
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