“Delisle tells the true story of a Doctors Without Borders worker who was kidnapped in 1997. Delisle’s monochromatic palette only heightens the sense of captivity as a brutal mind game of uncertainty.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Graphic Novels of 2017.
“Christophe André, a Doctors Without Borders administrator assigned to the Caucasus region in 1997, spends the bulk of Guy Delisle’s 432-page graphic memoir in darkness, chained to a radiator in a largely empty room.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
How does one survive when all hope is lost?
Guy Delisle tackles this question his novel, Hostage, which has appeared on Best of the Year lists from NPR, Washington Post, Paste, and more!
With such a riveting tale, this book is nothing less than gripping!
Doctors Without Borders administrator, Christophe André was kidnapped in the in the middle of the night in 1997 by armed men. He taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region.
He was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement for three months with hardly any sustenance to survive on and had almost no contact with the outside world.
Almost twenty years later, award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle tells André’s traumatic experience in this book called Hostage.
This novel is truly a testament to a one man’s determination to beat the odds even in the face of a hopeless situation.
Delisle departs from his usual, and celebrated, first-person travelogues, to tell the story through the perspective of André, who strived to stay mentally alert despite the desperation that always hounded him.
Delisle worked in a pared down style with muted color washes to convey the psychological effects of solitary confinement. His art compels us, the readers, to come face to face with some very difficult questions regarding the repercussions of negotiating with kidnappers and freedom really means.
This novel is deep, intense and encourages introspection as to what we would do to survive had we been in André’s position.
The Atlantic says, “Hostage shows what it’s like to be held captive … Delisle brings readers into the room with the hostage and, more importantly, into his state of mind.”