Footnotes in Gaza

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Overview

"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. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians shot dead 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 the daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, his unique visual journalism renders a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, Footnotes in Gaza—Sacco's most ambitious work to date—transforms a critical conflict of our age into intimate and immediate experience.

Winner of the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist - Nonfiction

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having already established his reputation as the world's leading comics journalist, Sacco (Safe Area Gorazde) is now making a serious case to be considered one of the world's top journalists, period. His newest undertaking is a bracing quest to uncover the truth about what happened in two Gaza Strip towns in 1956, when aftershocks from the Sinai campaign may have resulted in the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli military. Sacco first came across the stories during research in 2001 and was shocked to discover that, but for one brief mention, the incidents had never been fully investigated. The resulting book is a blow-by-blow retelling of how Sacco, on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, embedded himself in Gaza and set about interviewing every witness he could find who had been in the towns of Khan Younis and Rafah on those fateful days. Sacco's art is alternately epic and intimate, but he exceeds himself in the scope of his ambition (particularly in one sequence that shows in vivid terms how desert refugee camps from 1948 turned into the teeming slums of today). But it's his exacting and harrowing interviews that make this book an invaluable and wrenching piece of journalism. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805092776
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 448,641
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Sacco, one of the world's foremost cartoonists, is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Goražde, which won the Eisner Award and was named Time magazine's best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harper's. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    As I have said about other of Sacco's GNs dealing with the Pales

    As I have said about other of Sacco's GNs dealing with the Palestinians, A HALF TRUTH IS A WHOLE LIE. Once again, Sacco depicts
     the Palestinian Arabs as the hapless victims of Israeli brutality.In this book, at  least Sacco includes some Israeli POV, which he
    relegates to text in the back of the GN.
    I think he knows full well that such text has a considerable chance of being ignored as "fluff" by the GN reader, and hence to be
    left not read. Sacco's lauding of the rabid dog Nasser is a disgrace.  The alleged human named Nasser was a authoritarian,  and a war
    monger who partially
    blocked Israel's access to the red sea.  Sacco, try writing something balanced.  Three stars given for fine writing and illustration. NOTHING given for fair reportage.

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