Palestine

Palestine

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by Joe Sacco
     
 

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Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present, for the first time, a single-volume collection of this 288-page landmark of journalism and the artform of comics. Interest in Sacoo has never been higher than with the release of his critically acclaimed book, Safe Area Gorazde.Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip…  See more details below

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Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present, for the first time, a single-volume collection of this 288-page landmark of journalism and the artform of comics. Interest in Sacoo has never been higher than with the release of his critically acclaimed book, Safe Area Gorazde.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, who has often been called the first comic book journalist. Sacco's insightful reportage takes place at the front lines, where busy marketplaces are spoiled by shootings and tear gas, soldiers beat civilians with reckless abandon, and roadblocks go up before reporters can leave. Sacco interviewed and encountered prisoners, refugees, protesters, wounded children, farmers who had lost their land, and families who had been torn apart by the Palestinian conflict. In 1996, the Before Columbus Foundation awarded Palestine the seventeenth annual American Book Award, stating that the author should be recognized for his "outstanding contribution to American literature," while his publisher, Fantagraphics, is "to be honored for their commitment to quality and their willingness to take risks that accompany publishing outstanding books and authors that may not prove 'cost-effective' in the short run." This new edition of Palestine also features a new introduction from renowned author, critic, and historian Edward Said, author of Peace and Its Discontents and The Question of Palestine and one of the world's most respected authorities on the Middle Eastern conflict.

Author Biography: Joe Sacco lives in Queens, New York. In April, he received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship to work on his next project.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Reading [Palestine]...you're astounded by the wealth of human voices, the literally warts-and-all passion of every side of the conflict.
Art Spiegelman
[Sacco's] obviously got the calling. His stuff is obviously well wrought, with dizzying pages and good rhythm.
Nasseer H. Azuri
Sacco's Palestine< brilliantly and poignantly captures the essence of life under a repressive and prolonged occupation.
Journal of Palestinian Studies
Palestine deserves a place among the very best of documentary.
Comics Journal
I may as well get right to the point. Buy and read Joe Sacco's...Palestine.
[A] compassionate, insightful primer on the lives of Israeli soldiers, Palestinian refugees and children in the Middle East.
Salon.com
[A] compassionate, insightful primer on the lives of Israeli soldiers, Palestinian refugees and children in the Middle East.
Utne Reader
“Sacco uses the comic book format to its fullest extent, creating bold perspectives that any photojournalist would envy.”
Journal of Palestinian Studies
“Sacco is a pioneer.”
American in Auckland
“Based on his research, interviews, and personal experiences in Palastinian Occupied Territories in 1991 and 92, [Palestine] takes you there and gives you a first-hand account of the atrocities and suffering in the conflict with Israel. He gives you a close up visual rendering of the physical and emotional conditions of the people, who struggle daily for survival... Sacco has rendered the terrible conditions of life into a compelling and sympathetic artistic documentary. It is sad, but most good stories are sad... What’s better, his drawing is detailed and realistic, very approachable and interesting.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780224069823
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
01/02/2003
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Sacco lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of many acclaimed graphic novels, including Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, But I Like It,
Notes from a Defeatist, The Fixer, War's End, and Footnotes in Gaza.

Edward W. Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature and of Kings College Cambridge, his celebrated works include Orientalism, The End of the Peace Process, Power, Politics and Culture, and the memoir Out of Place. He is also the editor, with Christopher Hitchens, of Blaming the Victims, published by Verso. He died in September 2003.

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