I wasn’t terribly impressed by The Kite Runner. I understand why it got the accolades it did, but the writing didn’t do much for me, kind of like a mediocre movie being made worse by lackluster acting. The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amidst the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War, in comparison, is simply stunning in its ability to focus on the biggest tragedy of war: the everyday people caught in between.
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Back in 2012, German illustrator Simon Prades was up to his eyeballs in commissions one week when he decided to stop and focus on a personal project. The project, 18 Panels, focused on stringing a narrative through the absence of words. Using images he found in The New York Times and Süddeutsche Zeitung as inspiration, he created rough ink drawings and positioned them in a newspaper format. Each panel told a different story, but arranged together they took on a bigger purpose, simultaneously commenting on war, violence, and everyday life. But Prades later concluded, at the time he completed the project, that he wasn’t sure what narrative he was trying to create. I guess he wanted to leave that up to us.
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