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Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995
     

Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995

by Joe Sacco, Christopher Hitchens
 

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A landmark work of New Journalism is now available in softcover.Safe Area Gorazde is Joe Sacco's 240-page opus about the war in the former Yugoslavia. Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995-1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories rarely found in conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim enclave

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A landmark work of New Journalism is now available in softcover.Safe Area Gorazde is Joe Sacco's 240-page opus about the war in the former Yugoslavia. Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995-1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories rarely found in conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde, which was besieged by Bosnian Serbs during the war. Sacco spent four weeks in Gorazde, entering before the Muslims trapped inside had access to the outside world, electricity or running water. The hardcover edition of Safe Area Gorazde put Sacco on the map as one of the pre-eminent journalists of his time, and the softcover edition will present his work to a wider audience. The book has been prominently featured in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Time, Utne Reader, Spin, The London Times, The Washington Post, Brill's Content, several NPR programs, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, and other media. The book also led to Sacco being named a recipient of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. Safe Area Gorazde features an introduction by Christopher Hitchens, political columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair.

Author Biography: Joe Sacco lives in Queens, NY and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. A native of Malta, he holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

Editorial Reviews

David Rieff
Of the myriad of books...about Bosnia, few have told the truth more bravely than Sacco's. He is an immense talent. —The New York Times Book Review
The New York Times
“[Demonstrates] how brilliantly comics can serve as reportage.”
GQ
“Graphic in every sense of the term, Sacco’s account of everyday life in a city under siege puts one of the twentieth century’s least understood catastrophes in perspective; it’s the best argument around for comics as a journalistic medium.”
Utne Reader
“Harrowing and bleakly humorous, Sacco's account of life during the Balkan conflict is a timeless portrait of ordinary people caught in desperate circumstances. It's also a work of genius in an unlikely genre: journalism in comic book form.”
Time Magazine
“Sacco's detailed, personal reporting captures his subject matter more convincingly than photographs or Christiane Amanpour.”
Graphic Novel Reporter - William Jones
“Joe Sacco is an engaging and direct writer, but above all, he is a good journalist. Comics just happen to be the outlet for his reportage... [he is] a master of the unique medium of comics journalism.”
Sequential Tart - Suzette Chan
“Published soon after the conflict that it documents, Safe Area Gorazde is an intense reading experience and an active call for the condemnation of tribal and international leaders who put politics ahead of humanity.”
Only the Cinema - Ed Howard
“Joe Sacco is a unique figure in modern comics: there is no one else who combines sheer cartooning chops with a newspaper reporter's sensibility and instincts in quite the same way.... an especially powerful document of the effects of war.”
William Jones - Graphic Novel Reporter
“Joe Sacco is an engaging and direct writer, but above all, he is a good journalist. Comics just happen to be the outlet for his reportage...[he is] a master of the unique medium of comics journalism.”
Suzette Chan - Sequential Tart
“Published soon after the conflict that it documents, Safe Area Gorazde is an intense reading experience and an active call for the condemnation of tribal and international leaders who put politics ahead of humanity.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560973928
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
GRAPHIC NO
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
7.83(w) x 10.37(h) x 0.87(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.

Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) is the author of God Is Not Great, Hitch-22, and Why Orwell Matters.

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