Barefoot Gen - Merchants of Death (GN 8)
Title: Barefoot Gen - Merchants of Death
Volume: GN 8
Distributor: Last Gasp Publishing
Release date: 2009-03-31
Suggested retail price: $14.95
Age rating: 13+
In 1950, Gen is now in middle school, where he meets both a progressive-minded schoolteacher at odds with his conservative superiors, and a brilliant but cynical classmate who challenges the teacher's - and Gen's - values at every turn. Gen also finds himself confronting the corrosive effects on postwar Hiroshima society of drugs and the arms industry.
With the Korean War offering new business opportunities, a new generation of death merchants holds sway in Japan. Gen, his teacher mentor, and other peace-minded citizens are forced to struggle against red-baiting school officials, violent nationalists, and government censorship.
Story and art by Keiji Nakazawa.
(added on 2008-11-05, modified on 2008-11-05)
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