A satirical autobiography about a young Frenchman and his hilarious, yet poignant, adventures in the heart of Afghanistan.
It’s 2005. Nicolas Wild is a French cartoonist. He’s broke and about to be homeless. He’s a man without a plan. That is until destiny shows up in his inbox: a paid job… In Afghanistan!
In his graphic Travelogue series, Nicolas Wild brilliantly explores the differences between the Afghan cultures around him and his own, as he and his fellow expat friends crash Asura celebrations, avoid the afterlife, and muse on the differences between Christian Easter egg hunts and Islamic penance.
Kabul Disco #1 : How I managed not to be abducted in Afghanistan - Softcover Trade
Kabul Disco #2 : How I managed not to get addicted to Opium in Afghanistan - Softcover Trade
Kabul Disco #1 : How I managed not to be abducted in Afghanistan - Digital Comic
Kabul Disco #2 : How I managed not to get addicted to Opium in Afghanistan - Digital Comic
French cartoonist Wild was on the verge of homelessness when he received a job offer that would take him to Afghanistan. His travelogue explores life in the country with candor and humor, particularly the places where the cultures diverge and, sometimes, overlap.
"Superb. . . . Captivating, warm, funny, scarily informative and unobtrusively polemical . . . a wittily readable, non-discriminating reverie that informs and charms with surprising effect: the perfect response to the idiocy of war and dangers of corporate imperialism as well as a sublime tribute to the potent indomitability of human nature."
Acclaimed cartoonist Guy Delisle (Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea) declares that Wild’s “satirical and at times absurdist perspective plunges us into the daily life of a group of expatriates in the heart of Kabul, a city still reeling from the last war. His witty sense of humor makes him an excellent travel companion.”
A recommended read for novices to the country and its history. It is through these observations that Wild captures and provides a poignant view of the Afghan lifestyle and society. From outlining the simplicity and the abject poverty of the locals to the luxuries enjoyed by the privileged and pretentious European bourgeoisie, Wild manages to paint a vivid picture that depicts both sides of the coin.
Both enlightening and fun, Kabul Disco is a great surprise. Half-way between an illustrated travelogue and a memoir, Kabul Disco is a patchwork of entertainingly hilarious anecdotes, sweeping away any prejudice against Afghanistan, a country usually only seen through the lens of mainstream news media. The subjects tackled range from child labor, religion, history, propaganda, curfews, and kidnappings to the fancy parties of the privileged.