Writing the Truth
Barefoot Gen is a harrowing story of the bombing of Hiroshima told from the perspective of a young boy, Gen, and his family. Physical and emotional hardship on an extraordinary scale marks their lives as they try to cope with the transformation of their tranquil world into a Boschian nightmare. Comprising nearly 2,000 pages, this series is considered the first of the "literary" graphic novel genre that also includes Maus by Art Spiegelman. First serialized in 1972-73, this third volume in the series features a new translation.