Alpha

Alpha

Abidjan to Paris

Graphic Novel - 2018
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"Determined to reunite with his family, Alpha sets off from his home in Cote d'Ivoire, bound for Paris, where his sister-in-law has a hair salon near the Gare du Nord train station. Alpha's wife and son left for France months ago, traveling without visas, and he has heard nothing from them since. With a visa, Alpha's journey would take a matter of hours. Without one, he is adrift for over a year, encountering human traffickers in the desert, refugee camps in Mali and Algeria, overcrowded boats carrying migrants between the Canary Islands and Europe's southern coast, and a cast of companions lost and found along the way. Throughout, Alpha stays the course, carrying his loved ones' photograph close to his heart as he makes his perilous trek across the continent --
Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781942658405
1942658400
Branch Call Number: 741.5944 B4643A 2018
Characteristics: 126 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; cm
Additional Contributors: Barroux
Ardizzone, Sarah 1970-

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A harrowing and poetic depiction of a modern migration crisis. Alpha attempts to flee Côte d’Ivoire for Paris to reunite with his wife and child. During his months-long journey, Alpha and his fellow migrants navigate smugglers, poverty, illness, and life threatening danger.

A migrant’s harrowing journey to follow his wife and son to Paris from Côte d’Ivoire unfolds in an illustrated narrative that reveals the difficult existences of African migrants


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