Baddawi

by Leila Abdelrazaq

At turns heartbreaking and humorous, this coming-of-age story is a must read.Foreword Reviews

Baddawi

Baddawi is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel.

In this visually arresting graphic novel, Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father’s childhood in the 1960s and ’70s from a boy’s eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.

Leila Abdelrazaq is a fresh and exciting artist and writer. Baddawi is heartfelt and poignant….Toufic El Rassi, author of Arab in America

Baddawi library pageAhmad grows up in a crowded yet vibrant community amidst mounting unrest and violence in his host country, experiencing joys such as holidays and adventures with his friends, and facing heavy burdens, from a schoolyard bully to separation from his family during the Lebanese civil war. Ahmad’s dogged pursuit of education and opportunity echoes the journey of the Palestinian people, as they make the best of their present circumstances while remaining steadfast in their determination to one day return to their homeland.Baddawi page knife under pillow

In Baddawi, Leila Abdelrazaq tells a coming of age story that is funny, angry and deeply human.Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood
In Baddawi, Leila Abdelrazaq tells a coming of age story that is funny, angry and deeply human. The bold blacks of her drawing remind one of Marjane Satrapi, or the legendary French artist David B. But she transforms the style, infusing it with design elements from Palestinian embroidery. Baddawi is the story of her father’s childhood in a Lebanese refugee camp. It is also the story of hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians.
–Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood
Leila Abdelrazaq is a fresh and exciting artist and writer. Baddawi is heartfelt and poignant and is told from an often underrepresented perspective. It is a vital read for anyone curious about the plight of the Palestinian people.
–Toufic El Rassi, author, Arab in America
This book is a substantial accomplishment, a serious story in comic-book form containing magnificent drawing by a young artist of promise.
–Samia A. Halaby, painter, writer, and author of Liberation Art of Palestine
Leila Abdelrazaq blends beauty, politics, humor, rich Palestinian traditions, and the humanity of every day life during historic times into her delicate lines and powerful compositions.
–Ethan Heitner, Cartoonist and illustrator, Freedom Funnies
Leila Abdelrazaq’s tale of her father, a Palestinian refugee growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, demonstrates a universal truth. In the midst of a civil war, Ahmad and his pals still manage to have enough often hilarious adventures that despite the chaotic background in their lives of bombings, assassinations and massacres, boys will still and always find a way to be boys.
–Trina Robbins, author, Lily Renee, Escape Artist
The story of the Palestinian refugees, forced out in ’48 to wander the world ever since, is one we need to know. Leila Abdelrazaq tells this tale with love and humor and little rhetoric. Baddawi is simple and touching and well worth your time. A fine first graphic novel from a promising new cartoonist.
–Seth David Tobocman, co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated

Baddawi is available in Hardcover ($29.99) and Paperback ($19.99)

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128 pages, 8.5″ X 8.5″
Published 2015
ISBN 9781935982494