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Prisoner 155: Simón Radowitzky

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A beautifully illustrated graphic novel that tells the story of Simón Radowitzky (1891-1956), a gentle soul caught up in a cruel world. The author/illustrator is an Argentinian living in Spain where the book was first published in 2016. His tumultuous life begins with his immigration from Ukraine to Argentina, followed by his assassination of Colonel Falcon (who presided o ...more
Paperback, English translation, 270 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by AK Press (first published October 2016)
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Overall I really liked this book. Slow-moving and bleak, but an appropriate setting and pace for Simon Radowitzky's life (childhood pogroms, 20+ years in prison, over a decade in solitary, war). I also appreciated the artwork: black and white images with the occasional, well-used, dramatic red. Knowing very little about Radowitzky, I feel like I learned a good chunk about him, especially the cross-pollination of different radical scenes and geographies. I'd like to see more anarchist/ radical hi ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating vignette into someone who went into for bringing the people's justice to a murderous cop and came out with an even deeper commitment to fight for a better world.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent look into one radical's life. Radowitzky is portrayed absolutely heroically here, and given the work he did all his life, it isn't undeserved. The art is lovely and expressive, and I love the mood the images make. Some panels that provide context can get a little heavy on the text, which can break up the action, but it does help your understanding of how one thing relates to the next.
Rodolfo Santullo
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El nombre de Simón Radowitzky es uno de esos que para esta altura del Siglo XXI suenan conocidos, como un eco de otro mundo, de otra vida. Personas reales que el tiempo y la distancia las ha vuelto personajes míticos. Seres míticos. Individuos que no vivieron la historia sino que eran la historia. Leyendas, en una palabra. ¿Y que mejor lenguaje para ilustrar las leyendas que el de la historieta? Ese medio donde los límites entre lo real y lo ficticio tienen permitido difuminarse, donde importa t ...more
This was a very moving and beautiful graphic novel of the renowned Russian anarchist Simon Ratowitsky. It traces his life as a boy just narrowly being killed by Cossacks because he was Jewish, to his early days in the anarchist movement, to his exile in Argentina and assassination of the Buenos Aires Chief of Police, to his later years during the Spanish Civil War and exile in Mexico. Throughout it all are scenes from Ratowitsky's imprisonment. The harsh treatment, his improbably escape and reca ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating tale of a moderately well known anarchist from the early 20th century. I personally did not know of him, or his life as a political agitator, and I was very happy to have this graphic introduction to a fascinating human being. The cartooning is quite gripping; the construction of the book gives it a strong direction. The only true complaint I have is that there is no real visual or textual clue when the story switches time periods. Close reading of the art provides the ans ...more
A sad tale of an important individual/anarchist. I'm glad his tale was made into a graphic novel, and I hope, like myself, that more people learn of him.

"Fear, which I no longer had within me, makes you feel grounded."

"Son of the people, smothered by chains, this injustice cannot go without end. If your existence is a world of despair, better to die than live as a slave. Bourgeois, so selfish, thus despise mankind, they'll be swept aside by anarchists crying freedom and liberty for every one."
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something about Russian-related graphic novels just draws me in. Especially those based on true stories.

Let me start by saying it took me a second to really notice the black and white, subtly splashed with red. And then I was like, "Oh shit, this is going to be good."

There were a lot of people looking over my shoulder as I read this on public transport.

What a tragic story. But what a beautiful story as well. I really felt for this guy.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Biografía del anarquista Simón Radowitzky, un luchador nato con una vida de película. Comienza con su internamiento en la cárcel de Ushuaia con flashbacks a su juventud y acaba con su liberación y su participación en la guerra civil española y su internamiento y fuga del campo de concentración francés de Saint Cyprien.

Quizás la primera parte peca de un poco de lentitud, pero el conjunto es muy bueno.
B.  Barron
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Art is stylized and appropriate to the material - 3.5 stars.
Story - 3 stars (Might have gotten 3.5 is it didn't have so much fictionalized material. I get the need, the narrative needed filler - I am just a stickler when it comes to histories and biographies).

Do NOT Embellish!
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La vida de Simón es para una pelicula. Me gusto mucho!!!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia increíble de un mito argentino-ruso aunque la narrativa del cómic no es impresionante, es la paleta de colores y manchas lo que te lleva a vivir el contexto histórico.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Derek Minno-Bloom
This was one of the best and most beautiful graphic novels i have ever read!
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Es argentino, le gusta escribir y también ilustrar sus libros en los que suele experimentar con todo lo que tiene a mano: tizas, acrílico, cera, carbón, etc. Sobre su temprana pasión por la ilustración, cuenta: “a veces pienso que en lugar de aprender a escribir, de niño, aprendí a dibujar las letras. Nunca tengo claro si las ideas me vienen como un dibujo o una palabra. En realidad a esta altura ...more
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