The Sacrifice

Written and illustrated by Bruce Mutard

252 pages, B&W, softcover.

Published by Allen & Unwin

Set in Melbourne in the shadow of WWII, this graphic novel deals with war, ideals, family and love. With a distinctive cast of characters and strong themes, this book will resonate with a broad audience. Book One of the Robert Wells trilogy.

As the world spins out of control into World War II, Robert and his family wrestle with the challenges it presents. Robert offers his apartment to German-Jewish refugees, Artie intends to join up as soon as the fighting breaks out, their mother despairs that another war will lead to more death in her family, and Robert’s communist sweetheart Elsa answers the call of capitalism. When Robert befriends Mata, the precocious young refugee with a yen for men in uniform, it is only the beginning of his journey; a soul-searching journey with an uncertain ending.

The Sacrifice draws compelling parallels between Australia then and now, and explores questions of courage, masculinity, tolerance and national identity that will resonate long after the book is read.



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