Syrian artist and illustrator Hamid Sulaiman in Paris on April 13, 2016.
AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ
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Two nights after the Paris attacks in November, a young couple stripped to their waists and kissed in the rain on the Place de la Republique as crowds gathered to grieve and share their shock at the killings.Sulaiman was then just an unknown refugee, another bearded face in the human tide that has spilled out over Syria's borders after five years of unending war.Three months later, his graphic novel "Freedom Hospital," which tells the story of an underground hospital in a besieged town, is being acclaimed in France and Germany.Big, bearded and teddy bear-like, Sulaiman is an unlikely revolutionary."Freedom Hospital" is dedicated to his best friend Hussam Khayat, who was tortured to death by Bashar Assad's secret police three years ago.The book does not flinch from showing how a group of people forced together in the hospital set up in a former restaurant turn on each other as the war drags on.Graphic novels have the power to tell stories readers might be afraid to broach in other forms, Sulaiman argued, pointing to Joe Sacco's classic on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "Gaza 1956," and the success of "The Arab the Future" by Franco-Syrian Riad Sattouf.
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