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Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel (2009)

by Joe Sacco

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  Saretta.L | Sep 25, 2013 |
The first time you crack open Footnotes in Gaza you are taken aback by the powerful imagery. True, it is a graphic novel so it is supposed to be full of black and white squares full of images but keep this in mind, it's nonfiction. It messes with your mind. You associate comics with the Sunday funnies...you know, comedy, light-hearted. So, to see images of war in a comic-strip format is confusing. But, your mind adjusts. From the very first pages you get a sense of what you are in for, "It is the story of footnotes to a sideshow of a forgotten war. The war pitted Egypt against the strange alliance of Britain, France and Israel in 1956" (p 8). Footnotes in Gaza has a strange effect on the reader. More graphic than a dry newspaper account, Sacco's illustrations shove the violence and hatred into the forefront. And, yet despite being less graphic than actual photographs, the images linger in your mind... ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 17, 2013 |
A worthy book to have on one's shelf. Reporter-cartoonist Joe Sacco reconstructs the massacre of Palestinian men by Israeli soldiers in 1956 in the villages of Rafa and Khan Younis in Gaza strip. His research relies on primarily from the interviews conducted with veterans in Rafa and Khan Younis who survived the incident. He is objective to point out the differences in various narrations and how our memories misguide us. Joe does support the story of events with few documents in Appendix - letters, news reports.

Story of massacre is brutal but Joe's graphic do not make them gory rather construct a poignant visual pictures. The derelict, ramshackle, bomb/bullet-hit buildings have been clearly drawn. Several center-spreads focus on close-up of different men recounting the horrific stories of massacre from their memories.

Joe's book also recounts the two months he stayed in Gaza - daily life it seems is as marred by bombs and loss of lives as it was before. As one of the sons of the interviewees (and several others) shout at Joe, what will 1956 story bring us? That was past. Do something about today. As if on cue, book ends on glum notes on how even the Palestinians helping Joe with his research/book are rendered homeless by the purposeful bombing by Israel. ( )
  poonamsharma | Apr 6, 2013 |
Joe Sacco returned to the Gaza Strip in the winter of 2002/03 to investigate two large-scale killings of civilians during the Suez Crisis 1956 by Israeli forces. The Khan Younis killings on Nov. 3. 1956 and the Raffah killings on Nov. 12. 1956 are hardly documented and almost forgotten footnotes in an ongoing conflict.

In the foreword J.S. discusses the difficulties of investigating these events 50 years later. The Appendix records documents and sources as well as transcriptions of interviews with Israeli commanders and IDF spokespersons.

The drawings are brilliant, for my taste even more so than in the earlier work, as the ‘comic elements’ like distortions through extreme perspective shortening etc. are muted here. (VIII-12)

A fair review published in The New York Times can be found here.
The Guardian (London) brought a series of “snapshots” of life in Gaza on 8th June 2012. ( )
  MeisterPfriem | Aug 21, 2012 |
Joe Sacco's masterpiece. ( )
  emptyw | Sep 30, 2011 |
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Built around two forgotten incidents (the 1956 mass killings of Palestinians in Rafah and Khan Younis), it is a book that digs deep, exploring the relationship of past and present, memory and experience -- rigorously reported yet always aware of the elusive nature of testimony, the way that stories solidify and harden over time.
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From the great cartoonist-reporter, a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most vexed of places.

Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts.

Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident in 1956 that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah--cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake--reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.

As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, Sacco's unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza, his most ambitious work to date, transforms a critical conflict of our age into an intimate and immediate experience.

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Armed with a list of names, three men--including the author (shown wearing glasses)--walk through the alleys of a refugee camp in Gaza to find relatives of the victims.

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"Sacco brings the conflict down to the most human level, allowing us to imagine our way inside it, to make the desperation he discovers, in some small way, our own."?? Los Angeles Times Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle East conflict.… (more)

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