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Prior to Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995—Joe Sacco's breakthrough novel of graphic journalism—the acclaimed author was best known for Palestine, a two-volume graphic novel that won an American Book Award in 1996.

Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present the first single-volume collection of this landmark of journalism and the art form of comics.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 17th 2001 by Fantagraphics (first published 1996)
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Miina
I had a hard time getting through this graphic novel. It was a tough read due to the subject matter. I also wasn't fond of the art on a personal level.
I did immensely appreciate Joe Sacco's motivation for writing this graphic novel. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Joe Sacco said:
"I grew up thinking of Palestinians as terrorists, and it took a lot of time, and reading the right things, to understand the power dynamic in the Middle East was not what I had thought it was... And basically, it upset...more
Mona
Palestine first appeared as a series of nine comic books, but is collected here in a special edition that also includes a foreword by the late Edward Said and an introduction by the author. Sacco writes that he was compelled to visit the Palestinian territories for two main reasons. First, he realized that the taxpayer dollars he paid as an American were being spent in financial aid to Israel, perpetuating the occupation. Second, after pursuing a degree in journalism, he became aware as to the o...more
oriana
book two for Jugs & Capes, my all-girl graphic novel book club!

Whew. This is a really, really devastating book. Part of the problem (and obviously part of the point) is that it is relentlessly awful, with story after story after story of death, destruction, skirmishes with soldiers, dead sons, dead husbands, maimed daughters, displacement, oppression, poverty, and pain.

It's so painful, horribly, that I actually started to get a little jaded; or that's not what I mean exactly, but the storie...more
Shaimaa Ali
Sacco is really raising the bar for any other so-called: Comics!

This is a real Master Piece!! Not an ordinary Comic that you are going to forget once you turn over its last page!
With the eyes of a foreigner, Sacco illustrated what he saw in Occupied Palestine. His illustrations spoke a thousand words besides his commentary on the plot. It was so real that I felt when I'll raise my head from the book I'll find those characters moving in front of me!
He addressed lots of issues, the occupation his...more
Dan
Aug 01, 2011 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
pretty much a masterpiece on every possible level.

first off, because sacco wisely lets the people he encounters do the talking. it's a warts-and-all first person account of people's lives in palestine, and almost all embellishments and social commentaries come from the mouths of the people he talks to, rather than from things he learned reading edward said or whatever.

at the same time, he allows his own story to weave throughout. we are privvy to his own frustrations and fascinations along the...more
Ken-ichi
Joe Sacco is a comics journalist, or as he describes himself in this book, an "action cartoonist," entering areas of political turmoil to make documentary comics. Despite some occasional dips into free-wheeling personal anecdote reminiscent of Kerouac or Crumb, Sacco is predominantly a documentarian, not terribly concerned with narrative, but more focused on recounting the individual stories of the people he interviews. And there are a lot of interviews, conducted over countless cups of teas in...more
Anne
May 01, 2008 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Non fiction readers, graphic novel lovers
For the love of God everyone needs to read this book. Americans are so ignorant when it comes to the struggles of the Isralies and Palestinians. THis is something we need to know about and Sacco presents it in a real person to person manner that will leave shocked and horrified, as you should be. If more people read this book the world would be a better place, because people would have to stand up and fight!
Karyl
We in the States are always told that we have to support the Israelis. Remember what the Jews have endured with the Holocaust! Why didn't we stop Hitler (there are always those that insist we had the chance)?? We need to make it up to the Jews! They need to have their own homeland as reparation for their terrible suffering!

Yes, the Jews suffered terrible things. It was awful and horrific, and I hope with every fiber of my being that something like the Holocaust will never happen again.

But what a...more
Sharm Alagaratnam
My last recommendation was Joe Sacco's 'Palestine', an illustrated collection recounting his two month trip to the area between 1991 and 1992. Sacco travels to various refugee camps and interviews many of its residents, detailing their stories and grieviances in painful detail.

I have to say the book made for uncomfortable reading to start with, with its stark images and severe telling of the Palestinians' every day lives and troubles, including graphic descriptions of torture and imprisonment by...more
Pink
I wanted to rate this higher, but I'm a harsh critic with my books lately and ultimately it was more of a 'like' than a 'really like'. This book just didn't hit me like I wanted and if I'm honest, I felt slightly underwhelmed by the end. The artwork looked good, with nice varying layout styles, but it was nothing amazing to my graphic novel novice eyes. I really enjoyed the subject matter and reading about Palestinians lives, but there was something lacking for me. I'm used to reading heart wren...more
Carolyn
How do you say you have enjoyed a book that is filled with heartache, abuse, violence, inhumanities against your fellow man? I can however say I am richer for having read this. But, how do you know if what you have read is accurate without having lived it? Fortunately this is a biographical experience for the artist and so presumably it is an accurate presentation as he perceives his experiences in Palestine.

Reading this you are inundated with hardship and atrocity, and the reading process simul...more
Nura Yusof
There's plenty of literature out there that talks about the many injustices imposed on the Palestinians by the Israelis. This book is another but with a difference. This time it comes in comic book form.

Is it one-sided? I would think so. Being a Muslim, I can empathise with what the Palestinians are going through which is basically a real estate dispute with a lot of violence thrown in. But one has to admit, the book is very heavily sympathetic towards the Palestinian. I am curious about the Isr...more
Veeral
Joe Sacco delivers a scathing piece of comic-journalism with Palestine. The Arab side of the story is fully ignored by the Western media since, well, the beginning of the conflict.

The treatment inflicted upon the Arab refugees is horrendous, but the Western media is never going to acknowledge it. They come and kick you out of your home. There are almost no Arab youngsters above 16 years of age who have not received a jail term. The soldiers can hold you up for 6 months. Without reason. And that...more
Fiza
Joe Sacco is a gifted illustrator, pada aku. Teliti dan sungguh kemas. Jalan cerita yang lebih kepada illustrated interviews tentang hal-hal sebenar yang berlaku di Palestine. Rasa macam aku pun duduk sama lepak dengan Joe Sacco minum teh dan dengar kisah-kisah orang Palestine berjuang dan menerus hidup. Boleh buat runtuh jiwa dan mata masuk habuk. Aku paling suka kisah berkenaan Ansar III- side of story yang aku tak pernah tahu.

Walaupun illustrated, ini adalah satu kisah yang berat- tak boleh...more
Firman Widyasmara
ah sadis... Joe Sacco benar-benar membuat buku ini jadi masterpiece untuk disimpan di kepala. gambar yang detail, cerita yang netral dan story telling yang mengalir nyaman membuat paket bukunya sendiri menjadi menarik untuk terus diikuti sampai habis dan pastinya, ingin tambah!

bercerita tentang perjalanannya menelusuri jalan-jalan Palestina dan mewartakannya dalam gambar-gambar membuat keaslian cerita di dalamnya tak terelakkan. nafas Palestina yang bergejolak juga kuat dirasakan, juga berbagai...more
Keith
Notes on Palestine:

Ch 1 - I have never had any interest in Palestine -- I'm not particularly convinced that journalism and memoir comics (this, Maus, Persepolis) are ever as interested in using the form well as they are creating something that's "hip" and accessible out of subject matter that isn't. And Sacco seems to be going to such great lengths to create something aggressive, disjointed, and unreadable that it just feels torturous picking the thing up at all. Not that Palestine should feel g...more
Nour
the best comic book I've ever read!
Michael Scott
Palestine focuses on a topic that invites more to flaming than to commentary: the struggles of the Israeli and the Palestinian peoples to coexist, summarized as "they want this land, we want this land" towards the end of the book. Palestine is strangely factual for its topic: using pictorial interviews, Sacco presents--by his own account--a biased, cynical, and dirt-digging view of the dire conditions of the Palestinians living in and around Israel at the beginning of the 1990s; there is however...more
Evelyn
There is that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words and that really rings true with Sacco's Palestine, a graphic novel which depicts the lives and struggles of Palestinians during the early 90s. I've read a couple of books about the occupation of Palestine and each one has been disturbing, shocking and ultimately depressing, as you can only imagine when one group of people hideously oppresses another group of people through physical and mental torture every day of their lives, AND...more
Gayle
I am taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)at the moment and the most awesome aspect of these courses is the opportunity to interact with people from the entire planet! In a discussion with a woman from Japan who is researching the effects of coal mining on the surrounding land and the people who live there, I mentioned that she might want to read Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges & Joe Sacco. She said that she knew of Sacco because Palestine has been translated into Ja...more
Dale
An important piece of "comic book journalism"

Published in 2007 by Fantagraphics books.
320 pages.


Joe Sacco headed off to to the Palestinian refugee camps with a few bucks in his pocket, a sketchpad, a little training in how to draw comic books, a rarely used camera (film was too expensive) and a curious mind. Sacco interviewed Palestinians and asked them about all sorts of aspects of their lives: jobs, the intifada, women's rights, Land for Peace, and much more. Sacco turned those interviews into...more
Ikra Amesta
“Di negaramu ada tentara? Apa mereka menembak orang? Apa yang dilakukan tentara pada rakyat di negaramu? Kenapa tak ada Fateh atau Front Popular di sana?” tanya seorang anak perempuan berusia 10 tahun pada Joe Sacco di dalam novel grafis ini. Joe tidak menjawab. Ia digambarkan terus diam diberondong pertanyaan polos anak kecil itu di dalam sebuah rumah kecil di daerah Jabalia, Palestina. Tanpa ekspresi apa-apa. Menatap kosong dari balik kacamatanya dan duduk dengan canggung. Mungkin di dalam bat...more
Darran Mclaughlin
Outstanding. I put off picking this up for a while as it looked a bit grueling. I was right. This is an exploration of the Palestinian situation and it is relentlessly depressing. Nothing I have read or seen has presented this situation to me as vividly. Palestine is a police state in which the Palestinians are made to suffer by the occupying Israeli forces in conditions as bad as any colony or occupation you care to suggest, and it's been going on for over 50 years. As long as this situation is...more
Tim
I was never much into graphic narratives or “comic books” as a kid. I’ll show my age by mentioning the ones that I DID read, so maybe its best that I hold something back. I always enjoyed “regular” books, you know, the ones with little to no pictures or illustrations. It seems that from a very young age, I put a certain stigma on the graphic narrative as being in the same category as cartoons (which I will tell you were before the days of the adult cartoons such as South Park). In other words, I...more
Ferdy
2.5 stars - Spoilers

-Disappointing. I can't believe this won a bunch of awards. It wasn't awful, it just didn't deserve all the praise it received.

-The illustrations were too cartoony, cliched and exaggerated. All the Palestinians had missing teeth and wrinkles, and all the Israelis had massive noses. It was actually rather offensive.

-There was way too much text. It felt like I was getting the bulk of the story from the text rather than the illustrations. Also, the way the text was presented wa...more
Deviant Geek
it was very intriguing at first, but i soon got to the realization that it is plot-less. there is absolutely no message that can be conveyed from this book whatsoever. i am already aware of the suffering in Palestine. i don't need mundane conversations with poorly illustrated art to convey that. the story lacked a message, something the author wants to deliver to the reader, you get this message even from fiction books. i felt the author thought that going all the way to the middle east where wa...more
Christina
Wow. What a heavy read. I couldn't read more than about 10 pages at a time. Reading story after story about the various ways in which Palestinians struggle under Israeli occupation pressed hard on my heart, making it hard to breathe sometimes... it was very reminiscent of how it felt to be in various parts of Israel/Palestine last year.

What an important book. While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complicated, with many sides to the issue(s), it's hard to have such ample access in t...more
Nazish
Every time the mid-east crises is stoked up in a conversation, a normal and most common response is "I don't know. I just want peace." Peace is such an evasive word which can guise many a horrors of war. This book was not a good read at all. But there are many things to be learned from the text (It's a very worded novel). I'll number a few points that I've found shrieking out the loudest from the book.

1. The book only narrates stories from the Palestinian side while author snuggles himself into...more
Bob Hartley
This is a classic. It's definitely the wordiest graphic novel I've come across. It makes me think maybe he should have just written a book with some illustrations, not a book of illustrations with accompanying text. Having said that, the grammar isn't brilliant. He misuses commas and does that thing where he should use a colon but uses a question mark instead. There's a part where he quotes Ben Gurion and writes (sic) after a clause with no mistakes in it, suggesting he thinks the wording was di...more
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Joe Sacco was born in Malta on October 2, 1960. At the age of one, he moved with his family to Australia, where he spent his childhood until 1972, when they moved to Los Angeles. He began his journalism career working on the Sunset High School newspaper in Beaverton, Oregon. While journalism was his primary focus, this was also the period of time in which he developed his penchant for humor and sa...more
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