Footnotes in Gaza
Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldoz...more
The idea is 1) that each person has created a complex web of beliefs that fit together in such a way as to support their perception of the world and 2) as new pieces of information are assimilat...more
Beneath any retelling are incidents of kindness and cruelty, justice and injustice, that are lost in that retelling. To focus on a single story would mean missing the larger story, so those individual tales become footnotes, only valued if enough of them accumulate to indic...more
This latest book of his is his biggest a...more
Joe Sacco traveled extensively in Gaza on assignments, and in doing research for this book, which f...more
I have read Sacco's other two books, Palestine and Safe Area Gorazade, both also insightful treatments of genuinely heart-wrenching daily living circumstances; and based on a solid foundation of Sacco's experience investigating the stories and the people whom service grand narrative structure.
Palestinian history since 1948 is wrought in a clear manner, without the political complexity of the media and official accounts. It's odd to see a comic book getting closer to the heart of...more
Sacco's graphic novel was an engaging and infuriating introduction to the recent history of Is...more
Rarely -- so very rarely -- do you read something that changes your perspective on the world. While I've been a long term supporter of the Palestinian cause these past 40+ years , what Joe Sacco does inFootnotes on Gazais confront me with the brutal front line reality -- rather than serve up what so often can be an abstraction or simply 'another news item'.
You want to understand Gaza? You want to fathom why Zionism is a racist doctrine and why Israel is a colonial settler state? Then start her
In both books, he captures the HUMANITY of what we tend to think of as a mass ("Palestinians") while never letting you forget the mass either. Through one-on-one interviews, he is recreating an event, little covered in journalism, in 1950's Gaza that will bring to mind so much of what you've read about the Holocaust it should make you ferociously angry. He captures the spirit of "through this all, life mu...more