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The Year of the Rabbit


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Tian Veasna was born in Cambodia in 1975, three days after the Khmer Rouge came to power. He moved to France with his parents in 1980 where he graduated from Strasbourg s Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in 2001. After that he returned to Cambodia for the first time, offering drawing classes as part of a United Nations humanitarian project. Since then Veasna has working in publishing, taught visual art, and cofounded the workshop and gallery space Le Bocal, which specializes in illustration and graphic art. Veasna s desire to recount what his family lived through in 1975 led him to return to Cambodia frequently and record the memories of his family members. Those stories became The Year of the Rabbit, his first book. Veasna lives in France.


"A sense of dread pervades almost every panel."--Phnom Penh Post

"Tian shows how horror can become everyday... [Year of the Rabbit] vibrates with a thousand details that show the dogmatic absurdity of the executioners and the hope that can still survive in victims on the edge of the abyss."--Telerama Written and drawn with documentary precision, but also great sensitivity and tenderness. A triumph.--Le Figaro Tian Veasna's brilliant and powerful book about the murderous reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and the experiences of his family under the regime [makes] easy work of complex political history. But it's also exquisitely spare. Sometimes, there is nothing to be said; no words are adequate. --Rachel Cooke, The Guardian Tian Veasna's Year of the Rabbit documents in granular detail the society's quick descent into terror... the beauty of the drawings a counterpoint to the depicted misery, with those interned there working back- and spirit-breaking hours at manual labour, while beloved relatives and friends disappear, never to be seen again. Against this hellish background, again, there are small bits of luck and minor kindnesses that stand out all the more starkly.
--The Globe & Mail Year of the Rabbit movingly depicts the rising terror of the Khmer Rouge years... Veasna's energetic, loose lines are perfectly suited to capturing the nuances of the chaos and confusion. --The Times Literary Supplement

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