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Palestine: The Special Edition (Palestine #1-2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  7,957 ratings  ·  465 reviews
Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present, for the first time, the
definitive, expanded, hardcover collection of Sacco's landmark of
comics journalism. Palestine: The Special Edition is more than a new edition: consider it the "Criterion" Palestine. In addition to the original, 288-page graphic novel and introduction by the late Edward Said, The Special Edition
includes a hos
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 17th 2007 by Fantagraphics (first published 1996)
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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
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
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
Old-School Journalism

Over the last few decades, journalism has lost much of its credibility and most of its teeth. Shallow, commercially-minded "infotainment" dominates, feeding us the "blue pill" (in Matrix terms) that makes us forget all those unpleasant realities out there. Why would media conglomerates fund costly in-depth research when a fluffy little human interest story feels so much better and is also much better for the bottom line? Mmmmm, the blissful ignorance of media myths and illus
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
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 tea in i ...more
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!
Superb book by Joe Sacco, regarding his journalistic cartooning and narration on the stories that are located in Palestine. It's a subject matter that I have avoided for a long time now. Due to the fact that Israel has close ties to the American culture and the feverish defense and anger towards that country. It is better to look away. Luckily, Sacco doesn't turn his head around, and here we get an interview after interview of Palatine dwellers and what it is like to live in and on an occupied l ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Moby F.
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
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
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
I did not like this book as much as I did Safe Area Gorazde. However, having said that, it was still very good. I am not really sure why I like Safe Area Gorazde better, but it may be the fact that I had not known much about the Bosnian War before reading it; about Palestine, I knew much more. However, I also feel that this work is much more important. While Safe Area Gorazde focused on a genocide that is in the past, what happened in this book is still ongoing; Palestine is still suffering und ...more
Josh Friedlander
Important reading, beautifully crafted and unflinchingly honest, attuned to the human dimension of a tragedy rarely absent from the headlines.
the best comic book I've ever read!
The graphic novel has now reached a state of widespread acceptance as a literary form, but graphic non-fiction, also known as ‘comics journalism’ has a long way to go before it is seen as a credible format. Even the label ‘comics journalism’ seems oxymoronic, and in many settings ‘graphic non-fiction’ is limited to little more than editorial cartoons and public service or politically (and occasional other) pedagogic forms of publication. If there is anyone who could alter this perception, it is ...more
I really appreciated the tackling of a complex and difficult subject in Palestine, and the skilful illustration. But I wasn't as blown away by this book as I expected to be - perhaps that was inevitable because I was aware of hype about it before I read it, and perhaps it's easy to forget how unusual it would have been when first published in 1996. I can see why presenting interviews with a number of different individuals, and placing himself in the comic as a character, was an effective and hon ...more
I thought this was a fine graphic novel, serious, thought-provoking, and using the medium in a original and valid way. The artist visited Gaza for a period of a couple of months in 1991/2, and this is a record of his visit, and the interviews he carried out with a tiny fraction of the population of Gaza. The stories they relate of beatings, imprisonment, destruction of their homes, and in some cases killings are horrific, and are made all the more real by Sacco's putting himself in the story, de ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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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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