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A Jew in Communist Prague:
Loss of Innocence (vol. 1)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Vittorio Giardino
Publisher: NBM

Commentary

The year is 1951, and Czechoslovakia has been under the firm yoke of Soviet rule for three years. Jonas Finkel is a young man born to a bourgeois, Jewish family that finds itself at odds with the new Communist regime. As the story opens, his father, a doctor, is arrested for "anti-socialist activities" and Jonas himself is barred from college for being the child of "reactionary capitalists". These incidents begin a year of subtle hell for Jonas and his mother as their way of life is slowly stripped from them, one layer at a time...

LOSS OF INNOCENCE is the first part in Vittorio Giardino's graphic novel series that explores the sheer paranoia and insidious racism imposed during Stalinism. Giardino, an Italian comics legend known internationally for Little Ego and his Max Friedman spy thrillers, applies his clear and concise story-telling approach to construct his masterpiece, A JEW IN COMMUNIST PRAGUE.

It's ironic that "Trust No One" has become a mantra for the modern age. It was never more true nearly a half-century ago in Communist Prague.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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