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Fax from Sarajevo

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  485 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
In 1945, we told the world, "Never again." In 1992, the promise was broken into bloody shards. That was the year the war broke out in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the year that genocide revisited the planet. It was the year that Ervin Rustemagic - an international businessman whose clients included author Joe Kubert - found himself and his family trapped in a city under siege. Ervin' ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 1996)
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Matti Karjalainen
Joe Kubertin "Faksi Sarajevosta" (Egmont, 2014) keikkuu toistuvasti listoilla kun kaikkien aikojen parhaita sarjakuvaromaaneita pistetään järjestykseen, joten oli mukavaa että se saatiin nyt suomeksikin.

Vuodesta 1992 käynnistyvä sarjakuva kertoo tositapahtumiin perustuvan tarinan bosnialaisesta Ervin Rustemagicista ja hänen perheestään, jotka joutuvat keskelle sodan ja kansanmurhan kauhuja. Serbijoukkojen piirittämään kaupunkiin sataa kranaatteja ja asukkaat - lapset mukaan luettuna - ovat alitu
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Mary Louise
Jan 01, 2012 Mary Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
"In 1945, we told the world, 'Never again.' In 1992, we forgot our promise." This is a direct quote from the blurb inside the book jacket of this book. I went into reading this book knowing that the subject matter would be difficult, but I wasn't prepared for just how difficult it truly was. This book is devastatingly sad and horrifying. It is a graphic novel account of one family's struggle to survive in Sarajevo during the siege in the 1990s, based on faxes that the father was able to send to ...more
Outi
An interesting reminder of the terrible things that happened in Europe only 20 years ago or so. I liked the photos and the faxes, Kubert's style of drawing I'm not so keen on.

Artist Aino Sutinen has written about the book from a feminist point of view which I find very interesting since I noticed that the more I read Fax from Sarajevo the more it started to annoy me that all the wife did was cry and wallow after her husband and the kids. And the main character Erwin was just invincible.
Tomáš Fojtik
Jul 18, 2016 Tomáš Fojtik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5
Svět komiksů mi byl dosud více méně vzdálený. Četl jsem jen několik klasických děl, jako je Persepolis nebo Maus. Komiksy, nebo lépe řečeno grafické romány jsem trestuhodně opomíjel. Jsem rád, že jsem v případě Faxu ze Sarajeva toto opomenutí napravil. A pokusím se vám povědět proč.

Grafický román to má oproti knize o dost těžší. Autorov klasického románu totiž může spoléhat na to, že si jeho popsaný svět dovedu nakreslit sám, pomocí své představivosti. Malíř to musí udělat sám a tím pádem mi od
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Richard
Jul 16, 2009 Richard rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, memoir
Found Fax from Sarajevo recently while browsing at the library and thought the title looked interesting. I thought to myself "why would someone write a graphic novel about faxes from Sarajevo?" To my surprise Fax from Sarajevo is graphic novel about the siege of that city. To be perfectly honest, I know little about Yugoslavia except for Tito, the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, and that it 'broke apart' in the early 90s.

Fax From Sarajevo is a raw and gut wrenching story about a family's struggle to
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Apzmarshl
Oct 06, 2009 Apzmarshl rated it really liked it
Recommended to Apzmarshl by: james peczuh
This is a graphic novel based on faxes received by the author from a family trapped in Sarajevo. During the 1990's Serbs moved into this area and many others and began killing families, women and children for money. The Serbs were determined to claim the land and leave nothing standing.

I wasn't sure I was going to like a graphic novel. I like to rip right through the book without giving my eyes a work out. I will admit though that the graphics really brought this book home. Also at the end of th
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Pavel Dobrovsky
Jun 28, 2016 Pavel Dobrovsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ervin nemá zbraň. Ervin nezachraňuje svět. Ervin potřebuje dostat rodinu z válečného Sarajeva. Jediné co má jsou kontakty na ministerstvu, v zahraničí a fax. A tak se snaží z válečného pekla vyfaxovat. Vše popisuje svým přátelům v různých zemích. Ta naléhavost okamžiku, ve kterém u ranního kafe čtete čerstvý fax, jak na druhé straně planety právě střílí po člověku, kterého znáte, funguje i po letech. Napínavé chvilky, kdy Ervin v autě vycpaném komiksy (štít proti kulkám) projíždí kulometnou ulič ...more
Illuminati8
Sep 28, 2012 Illuminati8 rated it it was ok
Fax from Sarajevo is supposed to be a moving tale about a family caught up in Sarajevo for about two and half years in the midst of the ongoing massacre, struggling to get out. Unfortunately, the book is not as powerful as the one liner suggests. This is by no means the problem of the story but rather the presentation.

The art by Joe Kubert is completely unfit for the dark and desperate tale. The narration is not that good either. The characters are not well drawn and they never get full form. Th
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Rui Alves de Sousa
Uma reflexão crua sobre os efeitos de uma guerra insana numa família, próxima do autor da obra. Joe Kubert utiliza um estilo clássico de desenho e narrativa (por vezes parecer saído de um comic dos anos 50/60) para contar a história de Ervin Rustemagic, com o auxílio dos faxes que este lhe ia enviando, ao longo de mais de 120 dias no cerco a Sarajevo. Centrando-se nas peripécias de Rustemagic para salvar a mulher e os dois filhos pequenos, Kubert sabe como utilizar o poder das imagens sem transm ...more
João Reis
Aprecio apenas o valor da obra enquanto testemunho histórico do cerco a Sarajevo. Não gostei do traço de Kubert, e o seu desenho não se adequa, de todo, ao tom de um livro destes. A sua narrativa é também muito fraca. Não acredito que tal se deva ao facto de Kubert narrar uma guerra que não viveu, pois é possível fazê-lo na perfeição, como o comprova o fantástico livro «Foi Assim a Guerra das Trincheiras», de Tardi.
Solentiname
Aug 18, 2014 Solentiname rated it it was amazing
I'd liked it better than the Joe Sacco books on the Bosnian war. It is always important to have the witness perspective. People should write so the others will always remember
Bob
Apr 11, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, history
A close up view of life in Sarajevo during the siege. Brutal; as bad as anything that happened in WW-II. The Balkans have a long history of conflict and I want to learn much more about this.
Anysha
Nov 29, 2016 Anysha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Komiks, který poutavě připomíná hrůzy bosensko-srbského konfliktu z počátku 90. let - události, která jako kdyby v současnosti vypadala z učebnic dějepisu, v kterých se více prostoru věnuje snad i ošacení v době pravěku. Příběh nás nezahlcuje fakty a daty, přesto si z něj můžeme udělat představu o strůjcích etnické čistky, o roli, kterou v konfliktu hráli (resp. možná spíš nehráli) mezinárodní organizace jako OSN i o zásadních událostech (genocida v Srebrenici, zničení mostu v Mostaru, imigrační ...more
Henrique Vogado
Jun 12, 2017 Henrique Vogado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
Livro brutal! Uma guerra que nos passou ao lado. Na Europa, um conflito que foi uma selvajaria e neste livro percebo melhor o inferno que foi. Trata-se do cerco da cidade de Sarajevo no início dos anos 90, quando cá víamos os jogos olímpicos de Barcelona e a feira de Sevilha, lá as pessoas morriam com os tiros dos snipers e limpezas étnicas.
Custou a habituar a ver o desenho mais adequado aos super-herois a mostrar a realidade. Depois de interiorizar isso, tornou-se um livro forte que me tocou fu
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Adam Šilhan
Mar 05, 2017 Adam Šilhan rated it liked it
Příběh dobrý, zpracování mě moc nenadchlo.
James
Dec 27, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
This book should be considered essential reading in schools - the type of powerful story that triggers tears, frustration, and, ultimately hope in the strength of family and the human spirit. As the book jacket says, "In 1945, we told the world, 'Never again.' In 1992, we forgot our promise." The book is inspired by faxes artist and author Joe Kubert received when his friend and colleague Ervin Rustemagic and his family were trapped in Sarajevo during the ethnic cleansing and related violence.

As
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Jay
Aug 23, 2011 Jay rated it really liked it
I hate to admit it, but "Slobodan Milošević" is really the only thing I remember from the Siege of Sarajevo when it actually happened. And the only reason that name stuck with me is that I was a DJ at a campus radio station during that time and I never knew how to pronounce the guy's name. The events that are described in this book -- events that occurred during my lifetime -- are events I didn't even notice happening.

I'm sure this book will be compared to Maus, another graphic novel describing
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Ricardo
O desmantelamento da Jugoslávia pôs à vista os atritos que a ausência dum Estado Central forte origina em entidades políticas com etnias e culturas antagónicas. Num contexto geral sabemos que o agressor sérvio, pretensamente herdeiro da grande Jugoslávia, com Ratko Mladic e Radovan Karadzic à cabeça e com a conivência de Slobodan Milosevic, decidiu simplesmente eliminar os muçulmanos da bósnia (e quem os apoiasse). É neste cenário que Ervin Rustemagic se vê aprisionado, numa Saraevo sitiada e mi ...more
Skye Kilaen
May 07, 2016 Skye Kilaen rated it really liked it
I lost track of how many times I started to cry while reading this book. I almost didn’t read it because the art style didn’t immediately grab me. But I thought “Skye, this is important, you need to make it at least halfway through.” So I did, and by then, I had no doubts that I’d recommend this comic.

During the siege of Sarajevo in 1992-93, Ervin Rustemagic and his family were trapped in the city. Rustemagic had access (sometimes) to a fax machine, which he used to update his friends on their s
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Rahadyan
I came to Fax from Sarajevo, Joe Kubert's chronicle about several months in the life of his friend and colleague Ervin Rustemagic, from two angles: that of being an admirer of Kubert's comic book illustrations for over 40 years and of a reader of David S. Rohde's Endgame last year. Kubert's graphic portrayals of the efforts of Rustemagic and his family to escape the Serbian massacre of Muslims and Croats are often heartbreaking in the false promises of diplomats and other officials; the mercenar ...more
LA
Oct 16, 2016 LA rated it really liked it
Whether you like the artwork style and narration or not, this is an important read.
I admit I didn't know much about what happened, mostly because I was a kid. I was only able to gather that it was something "horrible" we, the US, were eventually involved in and even there I'm still uncertain. While I read, it became more difficult seeing the dates knowing I was blissfully ignorant to this tragedy happening across the ocean, with little support from the world for these people. Granted there was
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Kristýna Obrdlíková
Feb 15, 2017 Kristýna Obrdlíková rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Velice osobní. Dotkne se člověka a pohne s ním.
Steven Reid
Dec 04, 2012 Steven Reid rated it it was ok
Shelves: junior-book
1. Genre: Graphic Novel

2. Summary: This book is based off a series of faxes sent by Ervin Rustemagic to the author, Joe Kubert, during the Serbian bombing of Sarajevo. It follows the experiences of Ervin and his family as they try to survive the destruction of their home by the Serbs.

3a. Accuracy

3b. Kubert tells this story with the help of his friend, Ervin Rustemagic, who lived through the atrocities of the Serbian destruction of Sarajevo. His story is based off of faxes received by Rustemagic,
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Josef Horký
Jun 28, 2016 Josef Horký rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dokumentární příběhy z války, to je vždycky síla. S Faxem ze Sarajeva je to nejinak. Tíživá atmosféra neustálého strachu, pocit bezmoci, a hlavně ten děsivý moment, kdy si člověk "zvykne" - zcyničtí natolik, že už ani všechno to peklo kolem nevnímá.

Fax ze Sarajeva zároveň skvěle ukazuje, co je v životě důležité:

a) Věci, za které stojí bojovat: rodina
b) Věci, bez nichž vybojujete leda prd: štěstí, prachy, kontakty

Proč není Fax ze Sarajeva úplná krasojízda? Joe Kubert. Jeho kresba je prostě až moc
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Elle Kay
Jul 26, 2015 Elle Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the Bosnian War and more specifically the siege of Sarajevo, mass murder and genocide was occurring and the world mostly sat and watched. For those living in the war zone, life was hell on earth and this book takes actual faxes sent from Sarajevo and pairs this with the story of the siege in graphic format. The fax writer is Ervin Rustemagic and he has chronicled a terrible time in modern history in a unique way. His struggle to try to keep his family alive, fed and safe is heart-breaking ...more
Andre
Jan 07, 2016 Andre rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-read
I was a little disappointed with this comic about a man struggling through the early '90s Bosnian War in Sarajevo. Kubert's art is the high point but his storytelling chops are a little rocky. The story is told through the POV of Ervin Rustemagic and is accompanied with the real life faxes that Ervin sent to numerous people, Joe Kubert included. They never really enhance the story, serving only to recap what literally just happened and the story is also told in this cliche, Hollywood structure t ...more
Joe Baptist
Feb 24, 2012 Joe Baptist rated it really liked it
Unlike Safe Area Goradze, this story isn't drawn by someone who was there. This book is Kubert's gift to a friend and colleague - yes it's done in the same artistic style as Kubert used in his superhero and war books, but this isn't Sgt Rock, or even Enemy Ace.
Unlike some of the others who have reviewed this book, I found that the story works well as told in an American comic style. This is the story of the Rustemagic family, but it's also the story of the horror felt by their friends around the
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Ramonz
Feb 06, 2017 Ramonz rated it it was ok
Per quanto costituisca di fatto una testimonianza preziosa della Guerra di Bosnia, sia per questioni narrative che per tratto l'ho trovato molto respingente.
Brandy
Intense! This is a graphic novelization of a man and his family trapped in the Siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War who used his fax machine and ingenuity to survive, help others, communicate with his international friends, and ultimately escape the horror. His real fax messages are mixed in with the graphic novel story which just enhances the URGENCY that the reader feels during this story. Not only does the reader find her/himself entrenched in a violent seige, but he/she witnesses the fru ...more
Jerry
Apr 25, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Joe Kubert since I was a young teenager so I had been looking forward to getting a copy of this book for several years. It did not disappoint. It was a little difficult to follow the sequence of events since it seemed the chronology skipped around just a bit, but it was a powerful story of a man's determination to care for the safety of his family. He was fortunate to have had the resources that he did; others were not so fortunate. As much as anything, this story is an indict ...more
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Joe Kubert was a Jewish-American comic book artist who went on to found the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He is best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. His sons, Andy Kubert and Adam Kubert, have themselves become successful comic-book artists.

Kubert's other creations include the comic books Tor, Son of Sinbad, and Viking Prince, and, with writer
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