Every day, thousands of African migrants take the path towards a land of exile, seeking a better life in a continent full of dreams: Europe. Alpha Abidjan-Gare du Nord is a graphic novel published in 2014 written by Bessora and illustrated by Barroux. This quite unique duo created Alpha Abidjan-Gare du Nord, a migrant narrative deeply entrenched in the actual context of immigration waves from Western Africa to Europe as the cartoon takes the form of an autobiographical fiction in which Alpha tells us his journey from Abidjan to Paris. Bessora is a Swiss-Gabonese author, who is mostly known for her novel Cueillez-moi, jolis Messieur… for which she received the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique Noir. Barroux designed the illustrations, the French illustrator is well known in the world of independent cartoon for his drawing-style influenced by naïve art. On an impressive diversity of aspects this graphic novel gives us a matchless insight of the condition of African migrants taking the journey to Europe. Thus, it can be noticed that various themes represented by characters arise from this narrative that is told in a travel diary fashion. From the diversity of themes and characters of this book, we can face the voices of migrants and get on the path full of myths to Europe.
The novel begins in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Alpha is a young Ivorian man whose wife and child have immigrated to France in order to settle in Paris, Gare du Nord. Alpha is fed up with waiting for news of them,