“Carlos Giménez’s PARACUELLOS is, in my opinion, one of the greatest, most profound works ever in the medium. Technically and artistically flawless and the rarest of all testimonials: the memory of the silent children pushed by the wayside of history. Emotional, potent, and engrossing in equal measure, Carlos’s work has inspired me personally in the creation of THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE and PAN’S LABYRINTH. A masterpiece.”
Guillermo del Toro
In the late 1930s when Spanish fascists led by Franco, and aided by Hitler and Mussolini, overthrew the elected government, almost 200,000 men and women fell in battle, were executed, or died in prison. Their orphaned children—and others ripped from the homes of the defeated—were shuttled from Church-run “home” to “home” and fed a steady diet of torture and disinformation by a totalitarian state bent on making them “productive” citizens.
Carlos Giménez was one of those children. In 1975, after Franco’s death, Carlos began to tell his story. Breaking the code of silence proved to be a milestone, both for the comics medium and for a country coming to terms with its past.
An illustrated essay by Carmen Moreno-Nuño, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, places the comics in historical perspective.
“More than just a great memoir, but an important historical document and one of the powerful and haunting graphic novels I have ever read.” — Alex Deuben
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