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J.P. Stassen

Biography

J.P. Stassen

Stassen won the coveted Goscinny prize for DEOGRATIAS, and has developed other stories that offer a window into African daily life. His artwork is remarkably distinctive and eminently readable. He lives in Rwanda with his family.

J.P. Stassen

Books by J.P. Stassen

by J.P. Stassen - Biography, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+
This is the harrowing tale of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, as seen through the eyes of a boy named Deogratias. He is an ordinary teenager, in love with a girl named Bénigne, but Deogratias is a Hutu and Bénigne is a Tutsi who dies in the genocide, and Deogratias himself plays a part in her death. As the story circles around but never depicts the terror and brutality of an entire country descending into violence, we watch Deogratias in his pursuit of Bénigne, and we see his grief and descent into madness following her death, as he comes to believe he is a dog.