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Nanjing: The Burning City by Ethan Young

Nanjing: The Burning City

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Nanjing: The Burning City by Ethan Young
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Feb 12, 2019 | ISBN 9781506710853

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Acclaimed comics creator Young (Tails: Life in Progress) has released his most ambitious project yet: an intimate look at what’s known as the Rape of Nanjing: six weeks during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937–38, in which Japanese troops systematically tortured, sexually assaulted, and executed hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians. Although records of the massacre have largely been destroyed, Young draws on the best information available to tell a fictionalized account of two Chinese soldiers attempting to escape their city. Along the way, they meet several equally desperate refugees, and their destinies become intertwined. Young’s black-and-white artwork is heart-wrenchingly beautiful in its depiction of countless tragedies, and his writing remains tight throughout. Most notable among the fascinating cast is Yan, a battle-hardened wife and mother who retains her agency during the infamous violence against women. Young’s decision not to glorify violence or titillate the reader in any way avoids a common pitfall and heightens the drama. This is stunning, stirring historical fiction by a creator at the height of his craft. (Sept.)” -Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

“In Nanjing, cartoonist Ethan Young tells an intimate story against an epic landscape. Bold, heart-breaking, and gorgeously rendered.” –Eisner and Printz Award-winner Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese)

“Haunting and powerful, Nanjing is a moving tribute to an event which needs to be remembered as much as we’d like to forget it.”-Eisner and Harvey Award-winning creator Derek Kirk Kim (Prime Baby, Same Difference and Other Stories)

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