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Jérôme Tubiana

Jérôme Tubiana, a French journalist, activist and writter, is embarking on a US Tour for the release of Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani, illustrated by Alexandre Franc, published in March 2019 by SelfMadeHero (English text by Jérôme Tubiana and Edward Gauvin).

Jérôme Tubiana is a journalist and researcher. He has contributed to National Geographic, the London Review of Books, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. He has worked for various NGOs, think tanks and humanitarian organisations, including the International Crisis Group, Action Against Hunger and the United States Institute of Peace. His graphic novel Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani, illustrated by Alexandre Franc and translated with the help of Edward Gauvin, is published by SelfMadeHero.

Born in 1973, Alexandre Franc grew up in Lyon. Since 2007, he has published over a dozen graphic novels, sometimes as a solo creator (Victor et l'Ourours from Actes Sud – l'An 2), sometimes as an artist (Mai 68. Histoire d’un Printemps, with Arnaud Bureau, Berg International), sometimes as a writer (Les Satellites, with Claire de Gastold, Gallimard) and sometimes in collaboration with a writer (Cher Régis Debray, Futuropolis). He is also an illustrator for youth periodicals, educational books and the communications industry. He lives in Paris with his wife and their two children.

About the book: Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani

Mohammed El-Gharani was no more than 14 when he left his native country, Saudi Arabia, in order to study English in Pakistan. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, he was arrested and transferred to the Guantánamo Bay U.S. military base in Cuba. He was one of the youngest prisoners in this notoriously illegal camp, and one of the few black detainees of African descent. It took eight years for his innocence to be finally recognised. In this landmark work of graphic non-fiction, Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc tell the eye-opening, heart-wrenching story of one of the Bay’s youngest detainees. Written in collaboration with Mohammed El-Gharani, Guantánamo Kid reflects as closely as possible his memories and experiences of life in the camp. English text by Jérôme Tubiana and Edward Gauvin.

"This is an astounding account of human endurance and faith against overwhelming odds and terrible injustice" — Publishers Weekly

“Guantánamo Kid is a book everyone should read – an innovative, visually stunning way of telling an important story.” — Clive Stafford-Smith, founder of Reprieve and Mohammed El-Gharani's lawyer

"With the Trump administration signing an executive order to keep the prison open indefinitely in 2018, it is more important than ever to read stories like Guantánamo Kid" — Amnesty International UK

Learn more about the book here.


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