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Hakim's Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to…

Hakim's Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey (original 2018; edition 2021)

by Fabien Toulmé (Author), Fabien Toulmé (Illustrator), Hanna Chute (Translator)

Series: Hakim’s Odyssey (1)

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Title:Hakim's Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey
Authors:Fabien Toulmé (Author)
Other authors:Fabien Toulmé (Illustrator), Hanna Chute (Translator)
Info:Graphic Mundi - PSU Press (2021), Edition: 1, 272 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Rod read
Tags:graphic novels, nonfiction, dramatizations, biographies, 2000s, 2010s, Syria, Syrian Civil War, Syrians, French people, France, immigrants, refugees, refugee crisis, Islam, Muslims, Alawites, Arab Spring, intelligence agencies, secret police, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, forced migration, Germanwings Flight 9525

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Hakim's Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey by Fabien Toulmé (2018)


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A French comic book creator interviews and dramatizes the life of a Syrian refugee now living in France. Hakim Kabdi tried to keep his head down and run his plant nursery as the Syrian civil war broke out, but after his brother disappears and he himself is arrested, he begins wandering around the Middle East looking for a stable job and a safe place to live.

I appreciated the author explaining how he came to do this project, but I didn't need so many scenes set in the present day with him and Hakim trying to schedule time to talk. The flashbacks to Syria are the most interesting. The scenes of Hakim moving around looking for work get a little repetitive and dull until a romantic interest appears to perk things up again.

This is the first book in a trilogy, and I will certainly keep my eye out for the next one. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jan 14, 2022 |
graphic nonfiction (orig. published in French); one man's story of escaping the violence of war-torn Syria and looking for a safe place for his family, part 1.

Really well-done retelling, based on the author's (translated) interviews with a refugee family that eventually settled in France. I would pick up volume 2 in a heartbeat. ( )
  reader1009 | Jan 10, 2022 |
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To all those who, like Hakim and his family, have had to flee their countries.
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Curiously, the urge to write a book about the migrants who are crossing the Mediterranean came upon me because of a disaster that had nothing to do with this problem . . . a plane crash. In March 2015, a depressed Germanwings pilot flew a plane carrying 150 passengers and crew into a mountain in the French Alps.
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