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D+Q acquires Hostage and Poppies of Iraq: by Delisle & Findakly and Trondheim

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As announced today on the Washington Post, Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world English rights for two contemporary French-language masterpieces: Guy Delisle’s Hostage and Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim’s Poppies of Iraq. Hostage will be published in Spring 2017 and Poppies of Iraq will be published in Fall 2017. Both graphic novels will be translated by Helge Dascher.

Delisle's bestselling travelogues such as Pyongyang and Jerusalem are acclaimed for wryly recounting on-the-ground realities of life in distant countries. With Hostage, he uses these same gifts for making the incomprehensible understandable in an entirely different way. Delisle draws a solitary confinement that is intensely emotionally and physically demanding: the true experiences of a Doctors Without Borders administrator who was kidnapped in the Caucasus and held for over one hundred days. Fifteen years in the making, Hostage is a departure for Delisle as everything is seen and told only from the perspective of the titular captive. It will be published this Fall in France by Dargaud.

“We have had the honor of working with Guy Delisle for over ten years, and he never ceases to amaze us with his intellect, humor, and ethic,” said Peggy Burns, Publisher. “There has never been a graphic novel like Hostage before — Guy keeps the reader on the edge of their seat while telling a story that is confined to a few empty rooms. Hostage reveals the breadth of the human experience in a few drawn lines.”

Poppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly’s nuanced and loving account of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, detailing memories of her childhood and adolescence during Saddam Hussein’s regime, and even touching on the 2015 Paris attacks and the growth of Islamophobia around the world. The book takes a fascinating turn when the family flees to France during Findakly’s teen years, where she finds herself not quite belonging to either culture. Trondheim uses Findakly’s quirky anecdotes to sketch a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile. Poppies of Iraq will be published in France by L’Association, coming August 2016.

“Working with Lewis Trondheim is a dream come true for D+Q, “ said Burns. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be publishing this intimate biographical collaboration with his spouse and colorist, and of course, Poppies of Iraq draws in key historical moments, too. Whether they’re discussing coups d’etat, local customs, censorship, the Iraq-Iran War, or feminism, Trondheim and Findakly are evenhanded, informative, and deeply humane.”

Hostage and Poppies of Iraq will be distributed in the United States by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books.

More about Guy Delisle:

Guy Delisle was born in Quebec City, Canada, in 1966. His bestselling and acclaimed travelogues (Pyongyang, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Burma Chronicles, and  Shenzhen) are defining works of graphic nonfiction, and in 2012, Delisle was awarded the top prize in European cartooning when the French edition of Jerusalem was named Best Album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He lives in France with his wife and children.

More about Lewis Trondheim:

Lewis Trondheim is a legendary French cartoonist and one of the founders of the seminal independent publishing house L’Association. Trondheim has written or drawn over a hundred titles, including the Dungeon and A.L.I.E.E.E.N. series. He has won or been nominated for almost every significant comics industry award, was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005, and was given the lifetime achievement award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2006.

Excerpt from Hostage:

Excerpt from Poppies of Iraq: