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Pride of Baghdad

Brian K Vaughan
Niko Henrichon

From one of America's most acclaimed comics writers - a startlingly original and unusual look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events. In his award-winning work on Y: the Last Man and Ex Machina (one of Entertainment Weekly's 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. The experience is made all the more evocative by the lush, spectacular artwork of Niko Henrichon (Barnum!).

In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, Pride of Baghdad raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

Based on a true story, Vaughan and Henrichon have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can. One of the best works of the last year, appealing not only to comics readers but to a much wider audience, gaining a lot of coverage in the mainstream press and even praise on the heavyweight BBC 4 Today programme for its mix of talking animals that recalls a less cute Disney with the barbarity of the use of power, violence (human and animal) and the nature - and cost - of freedom.

DC, paperback, 136 pages, published January 2008






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