Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata

Mis(h)adra

An Arab-American college student struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graphic novel.Isaac wants nothing more than to be a functional college student—but managing his epilepsy is an exhausting battle to survive. He attempts to maintain a balancing act between his seizure triggers and his day-to-day schedule, but he finds that nothing—no...

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  • Amy Nicole
    This is the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, who struggles with living his life with epilepsy which is represented in the story by a chain of knives constantly pointed at him, ready to strike at any moment. Balancing the weight of an unsupportive family, a college courses, disbeliev...
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    misadra - arabic word for seizuremishadra - arabic slang for "i can't"mis(h)adra - isaac hammoudeh's daily struggle with epilepsy, which affects his sleep, his schooling, his socialising, his core of self.aside from 1986's the dark knight returns (batman/frank miller) when i was a child, this is my ...
  • Raina
    Visually arresting - colors that bleed all the way to the edge of the page, some really interesting visual representations of what's going on in the characters mind, some obvious influence from manga/anime styles... I flip through this and can't feel anything but admiration.However, when reading it ...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Read in a single sitting. What an extraordinary graphic novel about a student living--and fighting--with epilepsy. Absolutely loved....
  • David Schaafsma
    Arab college student Isaac has epilepsy and it is ruining his life in this autobiographical fiction by Ata, who also has epilepsy. The value of this book would be endless if one were reading this as a young person with epilepsy. It is also valuable for medical and psychiatric professionals in gainin...
  • Greta
    "This is...me?"Mis(h)adra is a tremendously powerful debut graphic novel written and illustrated by a young artist, Iasmin Omar Ata, who has epilepsy. The title represents two Arabic words : 'mishadra' means 'cannot', and 'misadra' means 'seizure'. The story about Isaac, the author's alter-ego, trie...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    I cried. It’s stunning visually and emotionally....
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Wonderful and unique - this look at a collage student suffering from epilepsy is heartfelt and vivid - the different battles that have to be fought just to function on a daily basis will bring a definitive understanding to this horrible condition....
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    The blurb on the front says this is visceral and I have to agree: the colors in this book are stunning and effective in relating the message. Definitely this is a graphic novel worthy of discussion and I learned new things about epilepsy and seizures. I think what didn't work for me were the charact...

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