Vals med Bashir
Unlike any other book on war, a graphic novel about one Israeli soldier’s time in Beirut during the massacres at Sabra and Shatila
One night in Beirut in September 1982, while Israeli soldiers secured the area, a Christian militia invaded the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila and massacred three thousand Palestinians. Ari Folman was one of those Israeli soldiers, but
Really potent and deeply felt illustrated examination of amnesia, collective and personal, about an event which is hidden in the unconscious for what are pretty understandable, all-too-human type reasons. I have a lot of respect for anyone who is going to do some truth telling as an excersize in evidence against interest- if it feels good for you to talk about it, it probably isn't something which is as important as that which brings shame.
I think Folman has accomplished something profound and ...more
Waltz with Bashir tells the story of 19 year old Ari Folman and his experiences as an Israeli soldier during the Lebanon War in 1982. However, decades later Ari for some re ...more
The strength of this book is that is shows the complexity of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. This is just one of many atrocities that has taken place throughout the conflict. It kindof brought into focus for me why long term peace is so illusive in this region.
There is also a ...more
A scatola chiusa. E' così che bisognerebbe affrontare l'arte. Impreparati, disarmati, inermi. Lo ammetto, questa graphic novel (tratta dal film omonimo presentato a Cannes nel 2008) mi era sconosciuta, così come i fatti da essa raccontati. Il Libano, i massacri di Sabra e Chatila, Beirut, la guerra, l'idiozia umana, l'odio fomentato dalle religioni, l'isteria. Valzer con Bashir è un'opera straziante, che con potenza inaudita mette a nudo la precarietà della memoria. L'ignoranza stavo ...more
The art comprises of shots taken from the film. The illustrations and style are just breath-taking and are impossible to just skim over. Apparently, David Polonsky - the chief illustrator - drew with his left hand, which was not his dominant, in order to give the illustrations a more sketchy feel. Genuinely stunning drawings.
The imagery to me is some of the best to pour out of a graphic novel/movie in a very long time, and the way that it covers trauma, memory, guilt and the victimization of the weak in wartime is palpable. Even more powerful is that it is told from the perspectives of survivors recounting their worst moments. I found it p ...more
One of the things I was lamenting to myself about myself as I was reading, though, was "oh Tessa, you should know more history." But by the end of the book, I felt like my ignorance worked for me and for the plot--war is pretty senseless, after all, if you're inside of it.
Read the graphic novel; loved the graphic novel; have yet to see the film; would love to see the film. I have not read many graphic novels - I've only read the popular ones, thos ...more
Prior to this reading, the specific history of Lebanon had been mostly unknown to me. The names Lebanon and Beirut were media buzzwords in my youth during the country's civil war that raged through the 80s. I'd alway just associated the country with war and ruin. "Waltz with Bashir" certainly gives all tho ...more
Ik kan me voorstellen dat de film wat sterker overkomt, alleen al door het effect van de muziek. Toch vond ik deze omzetting behoorlijk indrukwekkend. Een uitleg van hoe het proces van deze omzetting is gegaan, staat achterin het boek vermeld.
Het verhaal wordt verteld vanuit de cineast Ari Folman, hij blijkt te hebben verdrongen wat er is gebeurd tijdens de periode dat hij in 1982 als negentienjarige in dienst was van het Israëlische leger. ...more
I found myself mesmerized by the eerily beautiful images as I moved slowly through the book which conveys deeply the senselessness and randomness of war
As the memories of the past begin to come together like some surreal jigsaw puzzle, the emotional momentum builds to a shattering climax as the full inescapable reality of war’s horror materializes.
He witnessed the aftermath of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre as a 19 year old Israeli soldier. This would serve as the basis of Waltz with Bashir. The film follows his attempt to regain his memories of the war through therapy as well as conversations with old friends and other Israelis that were present in Beirut aro ...more