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Chroniques de Jérusalem

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  6,795 Ratings  ·  586 Reviews
Guy Delisle et sa famille s’installent pour une année à Jérusalem. Pas évident de se repérer dans cette ville aux multiples visages, animée par les passions et les conflits depuis près de 4000 ans. Au
détour d’une ruelle, à la sortie d’un lieu saint, à la terrasse d’un café, le dessinateur laisse éclater des questions fondamentales et nous fait découvrir un Jérusalem comme
Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Éditions Delcourt
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Paul Bryant
Jun 11, 2016 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paul by: Rose

I love these graphic autobiographers and their concentration on the miniscule humdrum realities of their ordinary lives. ( On Thursday I tried to find a playgroup for my kids. On Friday I went to this really dull party.) I would buy all of them, every one, except that these are the least value-for-money books ever, they're always really pricey and you can read them in a couple of hours. But they're soooo nice.

This one is an account of a year as a "trailing spouse" in Jerusalem. Mr Delisle's miss
Jun 23, 2012 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be more accurately titled "a bunch of random journal entries by an Ugly American in East Jerusalem." Delisle spends a year in East Jerusalem with his girlfriend and their children while she works for Doctors without Borders. The book is his travelogue of that time, but Delisle manages to spend a year in an incredibly diverse and vibrant city and not be changed in the least by it. He shows contempt for almost everyone he meets and seems continually surprised when things are differ ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Didi rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel is about a man who narrates his time living in Israel. He follows his wife over who is a doctor with MSF(Médecins sans Frontières = Doctors without Borders) This man basically becomes the house husband taking care of the kids and the house, while trying to go out and draw what he sees around him in this country full of complexities and paradoxes. This graphic novel will have you laughing, shaking your head, and reflecting over all that you will learn. The artwork is simple but ...more
If you had asked me last year what I wanted from the graphic novel world I would have said: a more colorful Guy Delisle travelogue. And here I have it. A fantastic book with more color, more humor and more depth than his previous ones and unlike most graphic novels, I didn’t feel like it went by too fast or that it wasn’t worth the money. It left me with a feeling of completion and the satisfaction that I got a solid and visually appealing account of a year in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is Guy Delisle

-Disappointing, but not without merit. I was expecting something more emotional, thought provoking and impactful but sadly that wasn't the case — mainly because the author/illustrator/narrator (Guy Delisle) was an utterly charmless character who didn't seem to care about anything but his own little problems.

-I only picked this up because I wanted to know more about Jerusalem and Palestine. I thought a graphic novel would be a quick and easy way to 'educate' myself on the struggles in Isr
Nov 10, 2012 Kathe rated it it was ok
I read the book in English. My kids read it, and they thought it was weird, mostly because they couldn't understand why he was living in Bet Hanina when he kept complaining about living there. For me, a recent immigrant to Israel with strong opinions about what goes on here, it was good to see a different perspective on "the situation," and it emphasized that things are not black and white, to the point where he does not want to shop in the stores in the nearby Jewish community, but then he sees ...more
Marsha Altman
Aug 16, 2014 Marsha Altman rated it did not like it
Shelves: jewish, art
Such a well-traveled author should have known better than to portray Muslim women as ridiculous prudes and Hasidim as monkeys. Extremely disappointed in a formerly favorite author.
La prima cosa che colpisce in Guy Delisle è l’altezza dello sguardo: altezza strada – o, forse, come direbbe lui, altezza asfalto.
E’ il punto di vista dell’uomo qualunque, del visitatore occasionale: solo in apparenza però - perché in realtà, è uno sguardo ben diverso da chi va in giro per il mondo con una guida Lonely Planet in mano.
E’ in questa specie di contraddizione che risiede l’essenza della sua arte, secondo me.

Per quanto Delisle tenti di camuffare il suo sguardo, di
Beautifully drawn, well-observed travelogue from Delisle who details his year spent in Jerusalem. If you've read his other travelogues, you will know what to expect - but Jerusalem goes further - a step up in the quality of drawing, writing and anecdote material.

Drawing upon a year's experience of Jerusalem life, it would have been easy for Delisle to have used the political as the narrative for this travelogue - but that is not his style, instead pointing out similarities between different grou
Feb 14, 2014 Brent rated it did not like it
The cartoonist author, Delisle, spends a year in East Jerusalem with his girlfriend and their children while she works for Doctors without Borders. The book is his travelogue of that time, but Delisle manages to spend a year in an incredibly diverse and vibrant city and not be changed in the least by it. He shows contempt for almost everyone he meets and seems continually surprised when things are different from a more secular international city. He never asks why people do what they do, just is ...more
Sam Quixote
May 13, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guy Delisle travels to Jerusalem with his partner and their two kids for a year. His partner is an administrator for "Doctors Without Borders" and Delisle spends the year working on his comics, looking after the kids, and exploring/trying to understand the city of Jerusalem and its peoples.

If you've read Delisle's work before you'll know he goes to hard-to-reach places and reports on his time there (North Korea, China, Burma) and that the resulting travelogues are always entertaining and enlight
Mark Schlatter
May 23, 2012 Mark Schlatter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author_track, own
An amazing read.

Now, I've been a big fan of Guy Delisle travel graphic novels for some time, but this one kicks it up a notch. Guy and his family spend a year in East Jerusalem as his wife works for Medicine Sans Frontieres. There are still the vignettes of family life and the trials of adapting to a new culture, but an overwhelming theme is one of separateness. Delisle not only shows the separated nature of Israel and Palestine (through coverage of maps, checkpoints, and the wall), but also emp
Gerusalemme (ma anche Israele-Palestina-Cisgiordania-Striscia-di-Gaza-Alture-del-Golan) for dummies.

…E quando nell'ultimo disegno in campo scuro vedi l'aereo decollare e riportare Delisle e la moglie Nadège (in missione con Medici Senza Frontiere) e le loro due bambine, a casa dopo aver trascorso un anno a Gerusalemme Est, non puoi far altro che pensare a quanto sarebbe stato bello se Guy Delisle fosse potuto rimanere là ancora per un po'; almeno un altro anno, come dice, per lui, più semplice p
Jonathan Funk
Guy Delisle has an uncanny ability to capture those small moments that we tend to take for granted.

In the very first scene (flight to Israel), a stranger on the airplane provides some unprompted comfort to Guy's child, and winds up casually engaging the youngster for the duration of the flight. In the grand scheme of things this is just a brief intersection of lives that will never touch again, and yet touch they did. Each character having a small, but memorable impact on the others before parti
Jun 18, 2012 Erik rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Guy Delisle and his style when I first read "The Burma Chronicles." After that I had to read absolutely everything I could get my hands on of his. Though I'm not a huge fan of his "Albert and the Others" style, his graphic novel travelogues are nothing short of brilliant. They are funny, charming, disturbing, and thought-provoking all at once. As a warning, this isn't that much of a solid through-line, other than the chronology of Delisle's own year spent in Jerusalem. Things ...more
This book is disturbingly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. The author makes zero effort to learn about his host country's rich culture and history. He shows contempt for Israel and seems continually shocked when things in Israel are different from his hometown. He simply shrugs with apathy as helpless dog is chained up in a cage for days and probably abused by one of his neighbors.

When the author learns about the thousands of deadly rockets Hamas fired onto the houses of Israeli civilians, he
This is another excellent graphic travelogue from Guy Delisle. He and his family spent a year living in Jerusalem while his wife worked for Doctors Without Borders. I liked seeing his drawings from the region, and he did a nice job explaining the history of each site he visited. Delisle says early on that he isn't religious, so he has an outsider's perspective of the ongoing conflict. At times he gets disgusted by the violence and the never-ending irritation between Jews and Muslims, in addition ...more
Guy Delisle spent a year in East Jerusalem and found it nerve wracking and infuriating.

Because he lived in the Muslim quarter, buses that serve Jewish communities will not go there and routes aren’t connected. Road blocks and check points add to the difficulty of getting around. Water, garbage collection and electrical services are not reliable; They are fine in other areas despite the equal taxes paid by all residents.

Delise notes the unusual religious customs. For the Jews it is a sin to thro
Oct 16, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
I found this book - or, more truthfully, it found me - in the library at the school where I teach. It jumped out at me in a way that led me to believe that it had been purposefully put on display, but then when I asked our (absurdly knowledgeable) librarian about it, she wasn't even familiar with the title...

I am writing this review not having read any of the Goodreads reviews, AND not knowing anything about Delisle or his work, although I gather that he is a prominent name in comics illustratio
Tom Tabasco
5 stars to the quality of the drawings: beautiful, minimalistic vignettes, a confident trait, efficient coloring and page structures.

2 stars to the Italian translators: poor translation + many misspellings.

1 star to the content: I was already familiar with Delisle's superficiality, and to me that is a problem in itself. But beyond that, unfortunately he fails at trying to provide an "open minded" and "fairly balanced" account of the social and political situation. Especially within the final 50
Aug 05, 2016 Ankita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read but one packed with lots and lots of information! I had to take breaks in between. Delisle is humble as usual in his portrayal of Israel and has illustrated the various groups (their history, his observations) very well! Delisle has drawn maps and beautifully detailed his journey as he travels and presents workshops, etc. It's as colourful as Burma Chronicles but a bit darker mainly because it's heavily dealing with Religion...three of them, in fact! I felt lost at times but ...more
I’m not a fan of comic books or graphic novels mostly because I prefer stories to be told in words, not pictures. But sometimes really well-drawn, clever art work can tell a story just as well as words. That is not the case for Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City. This is a nonfictional account of the year the author and his girlfriend and two young children spent living in Jerusalem. I found it educational and interesting, but the drawings themselves did little to add to my u ...more
Delisle is the master of graphic novel travelogues. It doesn't hurt that he has a really condusive set of circumstances for the creation of such. His girlfriend works as an administrator for Doctors Without Borders, so this is the fourth exotic, rather sensitive locale in which he has spent significant time (and then created a comic book about). I read and adored all three of his other books, enjoying his Canadian take on China, North Korea, and Burma/Myanmar. So, I was super excited to see his ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Finrod rated it it was ok
Per quel che mi riguarda, quest'opera di “graphic journalism” non si prende 1 stella solo perché nel desolante panorama della produzione “culturale” dedicata ad Israele e palestinesi alla fine non è neppure tanto male... ma solo appunto perché il livello medio è molto, molto basso.
Personalmente ho apprezzato lo stile del disegno (di chiara scuola “franco-belga”) e il modo finto ingenuo di raccontare la realtà che lo circonda può piacere o no (e chiaramente non piace a molti tra quelli che hanno
Jul 03, 2013 Mmmarjorie rated it it was ok
I read this in one day at an English-language bookshop in Jerusalem. I have trouble assessing the merit of graphic novels because I'm so enchanted by the medium; I tend to think all of them are brilliant. I found this volume to be difficult, however, largely due to my sense that I wouldn't like the author personally. I found myself angered by his lack of emotional connection to the Palestinian struggle despite living in East Jerusalem and being surrounded by the world of activists and NGOs (duri ...more
Francesco Zampa
May 02, 2015 Francesco Zampa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: da-leggere
Possono non piacere i fumetti, ma bisogna diffidare di chi non vederne l'efficacia narrativa e la capacità di raccontare qualsiasi storia e di toccare qualsiasi argomento.
È il caso di Guy Delisle e di questo volume in cui l'autore spiega ai più cosa è il conflitto arabo-israeliano. Con parole semplici e disegni, come si può non capire? In effetti sono concetti semplici, l'odio religioso traslato nell'avversione politica che diventa religione essa stessa, gli interessi sottesi delle Nazioni confi
مصطفي سليمان
قصة لطيفة خالص الرسام اللي متزوج من طبيبة تعمل ف مؤسسة أطباء بلا حدود
وقضوا سنة كاملة في القدس
كان بيحاول يرصد كل الاماكن المعابر والخط الفاصل العنصري ضرب غزة ومعناه المعبر والمناطق العربية والمناطق تحت سيادة الاحتلال ، ومناطق المتطرفين بعين محايدة تماما
بأسلوب بسيط وسهل
يحكي الحكاية دون اي معرفة مسبقة علي الصراع الدائر
لا يعرف ما الفرق ما بين المستوطنات ولا الاحياء العربية ولا ما يتعرض له الفلسطنيون هناك
تعرضه للمضايقات من الامن ومن المستوطنين
تصل للضرب أحيانا او حتي محاولة الضرب
وصد كمان الملامح ا
Patrick McCoy
May 26, 2012 Patrick McCoy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Jerusalem: Chronicles From The Holy City (2012) is the latest graphic novel from Guy Delisle, a graphic novelist I have come to greatly appreciate. Delisle is partners with a doctor who participates in Doctors Without Borders, which has led him to live in places like Jerusalem and Rangoon, which he recounts in his graphic novels. Earlier his job as an animator led to stints living in Pyongyang, North Korea and Shenzhen, China which both also got graphic novel treatment. I find Delisle very engag ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Zioluc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetto
Delisle, osservatore senza alcuna urgenza narrativa (come ha lui stesso ammesso alla presentazione del libro a Torino) prosegue la serie dei suoi reportage di vita quotidiana da luoghi “esotici”: questa volta ha vissuto un anno a Gerusalemme dedicandosi ai due figli e al disegno, al seguito della moglie operatrice di Medici Senza Frontiere.
L’impianto dell’opera è debole come nelle precedenti, però l’efficacia è la consueta, e la qualità grafica maggiore: è come assistere ai racconti dettagliati
Nellie Airoldi
May 01, 2013 Nellie Airoldi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il primo Delisle non si scorda mai! L'ingenuità di Guy è così invidiabile in una città densa di problemi politici come lo è Gerusalemme e in un paese sostanzialmente così pericoloso dove in realtà le bombe a un'ora di distanza sembrano non essere nulla. L'abitudine alla guerra? Delisle ci accompagna nella Gerusalemme a cavallo tra il 2008 e il 2009 facendoci da tramite e portandoci al suo stesso livello: da disambientato, da esterno, con un anno della propria vita da riuscire a vivere alla megli ...more
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Born in Quebec, Canada, Guy Delisle studied animation at Sheridan College. Delisle has worked for numerous animation studios around the world, including CinéGroupe in Montreal.

Drawing from his experience at animation studios in China and North Korea, Delisle's graphic novels Shenzen and Pyongyang depict these two countries from a Westerner's perspective. A third graphic novel, Chroniques Birmanes,
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