Bye-Bye Babylon: Beirut 1975-79
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Bye-Bye Babylon: Beirut 1975-79

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Part artist's sketchbook, part travel notebook and part family album, Bye Bye Babylonis a unique graphic memoir, and an important visual record of a terrible war.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Interlink Graphic (first published 2010)
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Michelle Pegram
Bye Bye Babylon is a graphic novel that shares the story of the author who was 1975 and living in Beirut, Lebanon when war broke out between multiple factions. Unique in its format when compared to other graphic novels, there are sections that are just images and then pages that are primarily text rather than panels including both. This images are raw and organic feeling and alternate between colorless and colorful. The text tells the story through scenes that illustrate the loss of freedom, lux...more
Giusy
Bye Bye Babylon non è solo un romanzo, non è solo una cronaca, non solo un fumetto. Non è solo un racconto autobiografico ma tutto questo insieme, che a quanto pare si riassume nell’espressione graphic journalism.

L’autrice Lamia Ziadé (Beirut, 1968) si è trasferita a Parigi all’età di 19 anni per studiare arte grafica. Fino ad allora ha vissuto a Beirut, nel Libano massacrato dalla guerra per ben quindici anni. Nel libro rivive i ricordi della sua vita da bambina e adolescente e li fonde al cont...more
Sonic
Pretty wonderful book outlining the horrors in Beirut in the 70's from the subjective perspective of a lucky little girl, or rather Lamia Ziade's memories from when she was a little girl. Filled with colorful (slightly amateurish, yet very strong) illustrations that help make this book, despite the horrific background of bloody revolution that sets the context of this book, Beautiful!

The similar styles of art and layout reminded me of an American woman's book that I also reviewed called "AND TH...more
Katie
Bye-Bye Babylon caught my eye when it first came into the library, and I soon forgot about it. What first struck me about it was the beautiful, quickly-executed watercolor sketches that illustrate the story. This is not a typical graphic memoir. It's more illustrated.

Lamia grew up in Beirut, came from a middle class family and was obsessed with the luxuries of American pop culture. In 1975, Beirut turned into a terrifying war zone, and her family lost just about everything. This is truly a powe...more
Valley Cottage Library
Bye-Bye Babylon caught my eye when it first came into the library, and I soon forgot about it. What first struck me about it was the beautiful, quickly-executed watercolor sketches that illustrate the story. This is not a typical graphic memoir. It's more illustrated.

Lamia grew up in Beirut, came from a middle class family and was obsessed with the luxuries of American pop culture. In 1975, Beirut turned into a terrifying war zone, and her family lost just about everything. This is truly a power...more
Randa
I just finished reading this and loved it. In Maira Kalman-esque pictures, Ziade recreates the lost objects and places of her youth in newly war-torn Beirut, showing us the different military factions, the senseless destruction of buildings, culture, and human life. It's a gorgeous book, and a quick read. I've heard so many people say they will never understand the Lebanese Civil War. This book does for the Civil War what Persepolis did for Iran's 1979 revolution. Buy it, or request it for your...more
Barry
I liked the author's cute illustrations of western consumer goods, lethal ordnance and psychotic militants.

I learned new information about Lebanese politics and history.

The depictions of cruelty and destruction were heartbreaking for me. However I suspect they could be therapeutic for somebody who survived such an experience.
Ekf
Phenomenal. And beautiful to look at. Surprising and fresh; full of hard won wisdom and longing. You can read this (a kind of sketch book memoir) in a couple of hours.
Brian
Jun 07, 2012 Brian is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I found this in a second hand book store in Paris. It is a curious mix of pictures and auto biography
Adrian
To much paper for few naive graphics.
Nora
Very familiar
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Lamia Ziadé is a Lebanese illustrator and visual artist. She grew up in Lebanon then moved to Paris and studied at study graphic arts at the Atelier Met de Penninghen. She lives and works in Paris. Lamia Ziadé began her career as a fabric designer for luxury brands, including Jean-Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake. She developed her illustration practice through the publication of books, including ch...more
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