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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