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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

by Guy Delisle

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    Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle (Serviette)
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    Palestine by Joe Sacco (Serviette)
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    Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel by Joe Sacco (Serviette)
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    How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (lorax)
    lorax: As "graphic novels about visiting Israel" the connection is obvious, but the benefits of reading both do go beyond that. Delisle's stay is considerably longer, but he sees less of the country, and more day-to-day life; Glidden's on a highly managed trip where she sees more of the tourist sites, but none of the settlements (where Delisle spends much of his time). They complement each other well.… (more)
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    Le Photographe, tome 1 by Emmanuel Guibert (Felipe-F)
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    A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali by Naji al-Ali (Felipe-F)
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In Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Guy Delisle tells of the year he spent living in Jerusalem while his wife was stationed there with Doctors Without Borders. Delisle travels throughout Israel and Palestine, visiting many of the holy sites of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism as well as other area landmarks. The book is full of his observations about the things he sees and events he witnesses. I love Delisle’s willingness to often portray himself as a confused outsider. There are some illustrations that just show him looking at something with a question mark above his head and other times he depicts events or scenes and seems to realize it is impossible to draw conclusions about such complicated issues. There are a lot of little mini-history and religion lessons, some sad moments, and a good dose of amusing stories as Deslile navigates his way through unfamiliar cultures.

It is nice to have an image of the region that is more than air strikes, suicide bombings, settlements, refugee camps, and partition walls. These things exist and they are complicated and often horrific. Delisle makes important and poignant observations about them, but he allows for the fact that there are other things going on in the region as well.
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  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
After living with his wife, who works for Doctors Without Borders and their two young children in Jerusalem, Delisle created this fascinating travelogue Jerusalem that looks at the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through the eyes of an outsider. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
In this graphic memoir Delisle chronicles what it’s like to live and work in East Jerusalem for a year, while his wife works for an NGO. What should have been a pretty straightforward travelogue became an illuminating if somewhat one-sided perspective of the everyday lives of Palestinians living on the fringe of Israel. The indignities, long waits, constant tension, and really the boredom that comes with living within East Jerusalem are well detailed with Delisle’s subtly simple black and white line drawings. Delisle clearly feels for the plight of the Palestinians. And while I can sympathize with Delisle’s views, the lack of an Israeli perspective, outside the settlements, strips away any nuance and begs the question how can Israelis reconcile the conditions of the Arab neighbors are forced to endure. I’m not saying his viewpoint is wrong necessarily but unlike his other memoirs Israel proper is a free and open country where a whole host of views and perspectives can be expressed. It would have been nice to get a counterpoint or two along with the stories of the Palestinians. ( )
  stretch | Dec 31, 2014 |
Guy DeLisle's graphic memoir of his time in Jerusalem is illuminating and provides an unbiased look at lives of the Palestinians and Israelis in this troubled land. Living as an expatriate, his walks around the neighborhood and road trips across checkpoints illustrate the tense conditions people live under. ( )
  cameling | May 22, 2014 |
A series of vignettes about the year the artist spent in Jerusalem while his wife worked in Gaza for Médecins Sans Frontières. Delisle clearly had no idea what to expect when he arrived in Israel and the reader gets to come along for each of his culture shocks - some funny, some scary, and some really sad. It's interesting how Delisle is purely an artist - at no point is he a participant in the events around him or learn from them, but the only thing on his mind at all times is to put an image of the current situation down on paper. It would have been interesting to see some growth in the character, but since Delisle is only in Israel because of his wife's job, it's probably only natural for him to stay inside his bubble. The drawings are very simple and the coloring subtle, but capture Delisle's view of everything around him in only a few well-chosen lines. Looking forward to checking out Delisle's story about his two-month visit to North Korea. ( )
  -Eva- | Apr 13, 2014 |
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Après « Shenzhen », « Pyongyang » et « Chroniques birmanes », trois romans ­graphiques consacrés à ses voyages en Asie, Guy Delisle ramène de son année passée dans la ville sainte la matière de son nouveau livre.
added by Serviette | editRue89, Aurélie Champagne (Dec 11, 2011)
 
Fidèle à ses principes, Delisle enfile sa casquette de touriste/dessinateur/pédagogue/ observateur et emmène le lecteur dans un voyage qui mêle toile de fond politique (évidemment importante), achat de couches, déplacements en voiture et découverte des sites du pays. Comme toujours, c'est passionnant. Delisle possède un grand talent, celui de savoir expliquer et de raconter avec une légèreté qui n'exclut jamais le point de vue artistique.
added by Serviette | editL'express, Éric Libiot (Dec 6, 2011)
 
Curieux, faussement naïf, parfois maladroit mais respectueux des croyances de tous, Guy Delisle apprend à vivre au rythme des sirènes qui retentissent chaque nuit, au fil des fêtes religieuses. Il compose avec les traditions des juifs et des musulmans, rencontre les expatriés, les membres du cirque humanitaire, les religieux, les anti-religieux, les ultras... Un monde nouveau s'offre à lui chaque jour, et Guy Delisle l'offre au lecteur dans cette chronique du temps qui passe, d'août 2008 à juillet 2009.
added by Serviette | editMediapart, Dominique Bary (Dec 5, 2011)
 
Il ne faut jamais sous-estimer la perspective qui peut parfois se cacher dans le détail et la banalité du quotidien.
added by Serviette | editLe Devoir, Fabien Deglise (pay site) (Nov 30, 2011)
 
Delisle explique, dresse des cartes, place les villes, hachure les zones et, curieusement, plus on progresse dans son cours de géopolitique, plus on est, comme lui, de moins en moins sûr de comprendre ! Israël, Palestine, Cisjordanie, check points, colonies, blocus, roquettes… le tournis est total. Ce qui sauve le personnage-auteur, c’est sa disponibilité : « Je me suis aligné comme une année sabbatique, à passer du temps avec les enfants, faire des croquis, bloguer, explorer les environs », satisfait de cette nonchalance qui lui permet de tout relativiser et, surtout, de pouvoir passer de la gravité des situations aux vétilles de la vie de famille. Des tracas domestiques et climatiques aux circonvolutions politico-religieuses : rien n’échappe pourtant à l’œil averti de Delisle qui raconte avec humour, avec distance et sans dramatiser, sans niveler non plus ce qui est superficiel et ce qui est essentiel. Il travaille ici comme on le fait dans un carnet de voyages où l’intime et le planétaire occupent tour à tour chacun leur place.
added by Serviette | editBDzoom, Didier Quella-Guyot (Nov 25, 2011)
 

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"Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays. When observing the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim populations that call Jerusalem home, Delisle's drawn line is both sensitive and fair, assuming nothing and drawing everything" --Paper band on book.… (more)

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