THE TRIAL OF ROGER CASEMENT

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Roger Casement's tale is well known throughout history with many biographies based around him. However, his story is now told through this new graphic novel by Fionnuala Doran, which charts the rise and fall of this powerful and historic character.

At first, the graphic novel can be difficult to follow as the set up changes from different time periods to try and provide the reader with the sufficient information required to enjoy the story. This adaption of his life follows Roger Casement from his many successes from being honoured for the ‘Casement Report’ on the situation in the Congo and his eventual knighthood following his efforts in Peru. However, the story many follows the eventual downfall of this famous humanitarian. Although Roger Casements many humanitarian and reports earned him a reputation as a kind hearted man, but his move for German backing to secure and independent Ireland and his eventual return home saw him eventually arrested. This adaption really focuses on his arrest, incarceration, and trial. It also shows the ‘Black Diaries’ and how they contributed to Roger Casements fate.

This story is very much politically focused, but also contains some very moving character elements. In particular, the court room scenes are emotionally engaging and tragic. However, a brief introduction to Roger Casements life may be needed for people not familiar with his life, as the story may be difficult to follow. Luckily, the author has provided a brief timeline of Roger Casements life at the back of the book, which provides some background context to the story.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the case of Roger Casement, and elements of potential forgery of the Black Diaries have pointed towards the British authorities ensuring Roger Casements trial is swiftly settled. The graphic novel does great justice of Roger Casements life whilst trying to put forward an engaging story. Fionnuala Doran has done a splendid job of interpreting a historical figures life into a work of art. The graphic novel is told through black and white drawings which truly capture the tone of the story. This adaption will allow many readers to discover a historical figure for the first time. A hauntingly true tale of belief and tragedy.

THE TRIAL OF ROGER CASEMENT / AUTHOR: FIONNUALA DORAN / PUBLISHER: SELFMADEHERO / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW


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