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Palestine by Joe Sacco

Palestine (original 1993; edition 2002)

by Joe Sacco, Edward Said

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Authors:Joe Sacco
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Info:Fantagraphics Books (2002), Edition: First Edition (states), Paperback, 288 pages
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Palestine by Joe Sacco (1993)


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Joe Sacco, comic book journalist, shares his experience of Palestine and Israel in the early 1990s. With an introduction by Edward Said, Sacco illuminates the Palestinian experience and the tension with Israel.

The graphic format is effective, though this more text based than your usual graphic novel. Not a fun feel good read. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
While Sacco is a reporter, this collection is less unbiased journalism than a reporter reporting personal stories. Because Sacco focuses on the human rights violations of the Israelis against the Palestinians, you gain insight into what the Palestinians suffered. You see the Palestinian's hatred, violence, and motivations. However, you don't gain insight into why the Israelis were acting with such ferocity and viciousness. The narrative shows the "Middle East's only democracy" acting very un-democratically, ruthlessly, and prejudicial. The Palestinians are treated as less than second-class citizens. The story is still important to learn about! It's just not grounded in history.

Reading this in 2016, you can't help but compare the "moderate pressure" interrogations by the Israelis to the "enhanced interrogations" at Abu Graid. You realize than when a country feels threatened, its standards for treatment of the "enemy" degrade severely -- regardless of the country. However, the "reporting" within the text would be equivalent to covering the War on Terror's effects in Iraq and Afghanistan without ever mentioning 9/11. The way a "democracy" can treat "inalienable rights" in such a way that "all are created equal, but some are more equal than others" is also harrowing in 2016. ( )
  ktoonen | Nov 22, 2016 |
Journalism through comics. Joe Sacco brings a far better truth than what we're being spoonfed through media for a very long time - a mush flavoured to their own taste, or whoever is influencing them.

No Matter how heartbreaking or horrifying this collection (originally 9 comics) is, I felt honored to be part of this journey and see Sacco grow & gain more and more confidence. It showed a lot in his artwork!

Palestine gets honorable place on my shelf; next to graphic novels such as Footnotes in Gaza, Persepolis, Zahra's Paradise and several others! ( )
  NinaCaramelita | May 30, 2016 |
In this graphic novel, Joe Sacco recounts the time he spent in Palestine in the early 1990s. He traveled to the area because he felt that journalists were doing a poor job portraying the Palestinian side of the conflict and he wanted to hear their side of the story. In the novel he depicts horrific stories of imprisonment and the injustices suffered by the Palestinian people. I suppose it is a valuable piece of journalism, but I didn't like it very much.

I didn't like the illustrations at all. In the introduction to the book, Sacco says that a number of critics have not been happy the way he draws people, that they are too "cartoony" or something of the sort. Maybe that was it, but I just felt like the illustrations made the people not seem like real people, even though they all are real people. (Wow, that is quite a sentence.) Anyway, I didn't feel connected to anything going on the the book, and even though it dealt with a pretty horrible subject matter, I wasn't all that empathetic. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
"Palestine" is Sacco's illustrated account of his time as a journalist in Palestine in the early 90s. Much of the book centers around Sacco's journey into Palestine, the people he meets and his various close calls with danger (and the Israeli Defense Force). A skeptic throughout, Sacco nonetheless takes the side of the Palestinians in trying to share their side of the story, in the Israeli-dominated media environment at the time.

Sacco's writing and drawing style draw much from the underground comix movement of the 60s and 70s, and so "Palestine" has an edginess that 's rarely replicated even in works of comics journalism today. In addition, the level of detail in Sacco's art is also remarkable, which gives his account the credibility it deserves. ( )
  jasonli | Jun 15, 2015 |
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Sacco is formidably talented. A meticulous reporter, he scrupulously interprets the testimonies of dozens of victims of the Israeli regime into cartoon form. He is also a gifted artist whose richly nuanced drawings tread a delicate path between cartoonishness and naturalism.
Palestine not only demonstrates the versatility and potency of its medium, but it also sets the benchmark for a new, uncharted genre of graphic reportage.
added by stephmo | editThe Observer, David Thompson (Jan 5, 2003)
It figures that one of the first books to make sense of this mess would be a comic book.

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Dedicated to Kenji, Erlis, Jamileh, Jad, Jemal, and Shafeek
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Comic books are a universal phenomenon associated with adolescence. (Homage to Joe Sacco by Edward Said)
This book collects all nine issues of a comic book series called Palestine under one cover for the first time. (Author's Forword to the complete edition of Palestine)
...but that’s the thing about coming to the Holy Land or Palestine or whatever you want to call it...no one who knows what he’s come here looking for leaves without having found it.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156097432X, Paperback)

A landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, this is a major work of political and historical nonfiction.

Prior to Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995—Joe Sacco's breakthrough novel of graphic journalism—the acclaimed author was best known for Palestine, a two-volume graphic novel that won an American Book Award in 1996. Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present the first single-volume collection of this landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical nonfiction by Sacco, whose name has since become synonymous with this graphic form of New Journalism. Like Safe Area Gorazde, Palestine has been favorably compared to Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus for its ability to brilliantly navigate such socially and politically sensitive subject matter within the confines of the comic book medium. Sacco has often been called the first comic book journalist, and he is certainly the best. This edition of Palestine also features an introduction from renowned author, critic, and historian Edward Said (Peace and Its Discontents and The Question of Palestine), one of the world's most respected authorities on the Middle Eastern conflict. Black-and-white comics throughout

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A series of vignettes and snapshots of individual lives in the occupied territories on the West Bank, Palestine is a moving portrait of an oppressed people. Sacco is a skilled journalist, getting his interview subjects to talk about their lives and experiences in detail. Foreword by Edward Said.… (more)

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