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Wars don't simply end. Peace treaties may be signed and soldiers may return home, but the personal and national devastation take decades — generations, even — to rebuild.
In the third and final volume of I, René Tardi, Prisoner of War, the author's father René has come home. After five agonizing years as a prisoner of war and five months on a grueling march homeward, the army awards him fifteen days of leave.
Like millions of other soldiers, René struggles to rebuild his health, reconnect with his family, and imagine his future. With job opportunities limited, René re-enlists as a soldier, despite his disgust with the military. After the birth of his son, Jacques, René receives new orders: return to Germany and help rebuild the country that imprisoned him.
In the French Occupation Zone, the story takes an autobiographical turn as the focus shifts from father to son. It's a fitting tribute to the artist's father and the lost generation of French POWs, and the triumphant culmination of Jacques Tardi as a master of the form.
"This intensely personal work is one of Tardi's best and most accessible―uncompromising in its portrayal of war yet relatable as a story of a son trying to understand his father." — Publishers Weekly
"Stalag IIB presents a grim, lumpy, black-and-white world (with extremely rare bolts of color, such as a blood-red Nazi flag) through which characters grump, slog, and die. ... This patient, bleak, text-heavy work pulses like a dying heartbeat." — Booklist
"Certain to be as highly regarded as the author's earlier work, I, Rene Tardi will be of great interest to teens, adults, and educators. Highly recommended." — Library Journal