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Alpha by Bessora


by Bessora, Barroux (Illustrator)

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Alpha vive solo en Abiyán, Costa de Marfil, desde que su esposa e hijo partieran sin visado hacia la estación de París Norte. Alpha decide dejarlo todo para encontrarlos, pues la incertidumbre por lo que suceda siempre será mejor que permanecer en ese lugar.

Ni los traficantes de personas deshonestos ni los caminos por el desierto, los campos de refugiados o las barcazas sobrecargadas harán desistir a Alpha de seguir su camino hacia París Norte.

Bessora y Barroux nos traen una obra conmovedora y vibrante, galardonada con el Premio Médicos Sin Fronteras 2015. Un relato impactante y un dibujo fuerte y expresivo que se dan la mano para mostrar el sufrimiento y las ilusiones de los emigrantes.
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BarrouxIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ardizzone, SarahTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Alpha Coulibaly sets off from his home in Côte d’Ivoire, bound for Paris, where his sister-in-law has a hair salon near the Gare du Nord. Alpha’s wife Patience and son Badian left for Paris months ago, travelling without visas, and he has heard nothing from them since. He carries their photograph close to his heart as he crosses the continent and meets other ‘adventurers’ seeking a better life.

Alpha is emblematic of the refugee crisis today – just one of millions on the move, at the mercy of people traffickers, endlessly frustrated, endangered and exploited as he attempts to rejoin his family, already in Europe. With a visa, Alpha’s journey would take a matter of hours; without one he is adrift for eighteen months. Along the way he meets an unforgettable cast of characters, each one giving another human face to the crisis. The book is presented in graphic novel format, with artwork created in cheap felt-tip pen and wash, materials Alpha himself might be able to access.

Supported by Amnesty International, Institut Francais and English PEN.
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