Gaza 1956. Note ai margini della storia
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Gaza 1956. Note ai margini della storia

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Rafah, una cittadina sperduta nella Striscia di Gaza, è un posto squallido. Edifici cadenti e semidistrutti si affacciano su strade piene di spazzatura e detriti. I vicoli brulicano di bambini e disoccupati. Al confine con l'Egitto, Rafah è stata più volte spianata dai bulldozer ed è considerata da sempre un luogo emblematico del più feroce conflitto del mondo contemporane...more
Paperback, Strade Blu, 432 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Mondadori (first published 2009)
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Paul
This book is all about Gaza, where those Palestinians live. You’ve heard all this woebegone Palestinian stuff before, too many times. What a benighted people they are, either victims or terrorists, that’s all they ever seem to be, and this big book reinforces that stereotype on every page. It’s about Joe Sacco’s quixotic one-man research mission into two atrocities committed by Israeli armed forces in 1956 - oh yeah, very worthy. Joe was offended that these two massacres had been simply beneath...more
Seth Hahne
Let’s be honest for a moment: the only thing I know about Willard Quine, the 20th century Harvard philosopher, is a tacit understanding of his idea of recalcitrant experiences. And, having picked it up in a casual conversation at a Thanksgiving party more than a decade ago, I may not even have that right.

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
Sheehan
Joe Sacco is not only a great illustrator, he is the Studs Terkel of war reporting, interviewing his many subjects, and compiling a history of two ignominious events in the Gaza Strip during 1956-7.

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.

The onl...more
Laura
Joe Sacco's whole career has been leading up to writing this book. He's documenting a massacre that's been little-known except by its survivors until now, and also writing about the problems of documenting a particular trauma from 50 years ago in a place saturated by layer after layer of trauma, where fresh and current traumas keep interceding. It's brilliant. But not exactly a light read.
Kristen
Having read Palestine, I must say Footnotes was probably even better in some ways, it certainly is more focused and the artwork is greatly improved (the cityscapes in Footnotes were mesmerizing.) That said, it's a little too much of the same and all these tales of woe do become rather exhausting after awhile. Also the book is based almost solely on personal accounts of events that happened over 50 years ago, so the nature of human memory is a reoccurring theme. Sacco goes out of his way to remin...more
Jared Millet
This book will make you angry. It will also break your heart, assuming you have one.

In 1956, during a brief conflict between Israel and Egypt that no one in America knows about since we weren't there and never made a TV show about it, Israeli troops raided the refugee towns of Khan Younis and Rafah in the Gaza Strip and killed upwards of 111 Arabs, most of whom were innocent bystanders.

So why should we care about ancient history? Many of Joe Sacco's sources say the same thing as he basically goe...more
Wayne
This book was so big and dense that it took me an entire day, with a couple of sanity breaks in between to finish it. A truly amazing book from start to finish. I truly respect Joe Socco for undertaking a book like this. Years of work for one incredible story. This book mainly centers on a particularly bad year of the forever war between Israel and Palestine.The year was 1956. I'm not qualified to comment on the accurateness or facts from this time. All I know is Socco did his homework and it sh...more
Manish
In 1956, hundreds of Palestinians were rounded up by Isreali forces, beaten up brutally and fired into indiscriminately in a small town called Rafah in the Gaza strip. With barely a footnote devoted to the event in a UN report, Sacco embarks in 2002-03 on a quest to uncover the actual happenings. This book is a record of his experiences and the eventual piecing together of the truth of the event.

Apart from solving the jig saw puzzle through numerous (mostly conflicting) testimonies, the book is...more
Jeffrey
Maybe Joe Sacco's best book... there's some devastating quiet moments, such as when the son of a wanted Palestinian is up at two AM because he wants to see his father whenever he can. In two panels you see the love and sadness and weariness in his expression, putting a very human face on a conflict that is often more about numbers, ideologies and dogma.
Zioluc
Joe Sacco fa giornalismo a fumetti e i suoi lavori più noti riguardano Palestina ed ex Jugoslavia. Racconta la propria esperienza in prima persona, disegnando se stesso che parla con i civili coinvolti in tragedie più grandi di loro, senza nascondere le proprie simpatie e occasionali meschinità.

Qui vediamo la sua inchiesta su un episodio avvenuto a Rafah (striscia di Gaza) nel 1956, quando l'esercito israeliano strappò la zona nella lotta con l'Egitto, e nel radunare i civili in cerca di milizia...more
Dale
I found Sacco's other work Palestine to be much more revealing, balanced and just better

I was thrilled to find Joe Sacco had written another graphic novel because I found Sacco's work Palestine: The Special Edition to be a revealing and balanced work that took me into one of those places that everyone has heard of but really knows nothing about.

Footnotes in Gaza focuses on a "footnote" in the 1956 Suez War in which Israel, England and France attacked Egypt and Gaza was overwhelmed by the Israe...more
Schuyler
This book primarily focuses on one event in November of 1956, in a town in the Gaza Strip called Rafah. In this particular event, hundreds of young, unarmed men, mostly of military age, were rounded up in a local school yard by the Israeli army. Most were severely beaten on the head as they entered the yard. They were questioned. Held all day, they were made to sit in their own piss. Some rubbed sand in their wounds to stop the bleeding. Suspected soldiers were imprisoned or killed on the spot....more
Lars Guthrie
History is usually written in broad strokes. Historians appreciate nuances and contradictions as they try to make sense of events, but to explain or even just to retell, they must generalize. And to generalize they must edit.

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
Antoine
Joe Sacco strikes again ! L’auteur de Palestine est de retour dans les territoires occupés. Ce terrible conflit sans fin et sans espoir, fait de drames quotidiens, est devenu quasiment banal pour ses habitants et, plus largement, pour les audiences du monde. Quand la violence aveugle répond à la violence aveugle, même les borgnes peinent à voir pour voir ce qui se passe autour d’eux. Joe Sacco, lui, a les deux yeux bien ouverts et la plume acérée. 386 pages de témoignages, de récits, de vies mut...more
Jake Forbes
This was a tough book to get through and really hard to rate. Sacco's first comics reportage on Palestine was a truly eye-opening -- absolutely one of the best comics works I'd ever read. Whereas Palestine is a patchwork portrait of 90s Palestine as experienced by the artist, Footnotes in Gaza focuses on one incident in one city that took place 50 years ago. Sacco skillfully weaves together eye-witness accounts to recreate the atrocities in Rafah in 1956, which he intersperses with his journey a...more
Malapata
Joe Sacco regresa a la Palestina ocupada para investigar unas matanzas sucedidas en 1956. Al tiempo que progresa en su investigación nos sirve de testigo de las condiciones de vida, los miedos y las privaciones de la población de Gaza.

Un libro duro, terrible, necesario. Sacco da voz a los que no la tienen, a la masa de población ignorada por los medios de comunicación occidentales.

Pero, si esto es así, ¿por qué le he dado sólo 3 estrellas? Me encanta el estilo de Sacco, y su "Palestina" y "Goraz...more
Poonam
A worthy book to have on one's shelf. Reporter-cartoonist Joe Sacco reconstructs the massacre of Palestinian men by Israeli soldiers in 1956 in the villages of Rafa and Khan Younis in Gaza strip. His research relies on primarily from the interviews conducted with veterans in Rafa and Khan Younis who survived the incident. He is objective to point out the differences in various narrations and how our memories misguide us. Joe does support the story of events with few documents in Appendix - lette...more
Laura Engelken
Joe Sacco utilizes his practice of "visual journalism" to detail his investigation of the 1956 massacre of Arab Palestinians in Rafah. In doing so he chronicles current life in the Gaza Strip as he reviews historical documents and speaks with survivors. Sacco's intention is clearly to give voice to the Palestinian people who have been systematically terrorized and murdered by Israeli government forces.

Sacco's graphic novel was an engaging and infuriating introduction to the recent history of Is...more
Mike
A heavy but level headed journalistic investigation into two specific atrocities, overlooked to the point of being considered "footnotes", in a place where atrocities seem to indistinguishably blend into one another over the decades. A basic understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict is probably helpful in understanding the historical context of the events in the book, but what's really on display is the intense array of emotions of the individuals caught up in these events as well as the fuzzin...more
Sonic
Wow. A Beautiful book! A tragic piece of history told with warmth and humor, tastefully restrained and yet quite powerful. Subjectively journalistic, and yet approaches objectivity with its thoroughness and depth of perspectives. Sacco's voice in both word and line conveys a humble sincerity that makes him so wonderfully unique. His drawings are exquisite though the subject matter at times is almost painful to witness. Be that as it may, his books are a pleasure to read, whether your interest is...more
Steve Wilson
I was hoping for something more current (about the Palestininan/Israeli situation). I purchased this for my Social Studies class, as we were covering the Middle East. The illustrations are so evocative, I felt myself feeling a bit sick at some of the incidents that are displayed. There have been horrendous atrocities committed (perhaps by both sides?) during this ongoing conflict. If anything, I would recommend this book for someone who wants a gritty picture of the history of the Gaza Strip.
Tom
An impressive account of two forgotten incidents in a war most people these days know nothing about. Joe Sacco travels through one of the most desolate and dangerous places on earth -the Gaza strip- to collect eye witness stories about the brutal killings of innocent Palestine civilians by Israëli officers in Rafah and Khan Yunus. The result is a graphic novel which transcends simple narrative, but instead becomes a historical document in its own right.

Perhaps a little history lesson is in order...more
Syed Ali Rizvi
"History is that certainty produced when the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation" - Sense of an Ending . The Trials and tribulations of the Palestinian - Gaza lot during the Suez canal crisis is a perfect example where this Julian Barnes quote holds true.
Amidst all the clutter on Gaza Israel issue, 'Footnotes in Gaza' throws light on one of the first big obfuscations of Israeli actions in Gaza Strip that happened during the planned invasion of Gaza, and the subsequent...more
Ben Wilkins
There is no one quite as good as Joe Sacco at what he does. He takes a in depth view of history and turns it into a journey. Serious comic journalism is a largely untapped resource, but this is more than just an illustrated view of the facts. Sacco makes what might seem sad but distant into a tragedy anyone can feel.
rishita
If you follow the Palestinian struggle- and particularly of that in Gaza- most of these reflections and the horrific stories of peoples' experiences will not come as a shock or as news. However, Sacco's unflagging attempts at recording and almost, witnessing, the stories and pain that people have experienced are underpinned by his (self-conscious) humanity, his journalistic integrity, and a strong narrative voice. He shifts between telling us the stories of present day (OK, 2002-2003) Gaza and h...more
Alberto
No se puede decir que Sacco siquiera pretenda aparecer como imparcial, sus simpatías están claras, pero esta investigación sobre un incidente (si se puede llamar así a una matanza) ocurrido en Gaza en 1956 nos acerca al día a día de Palestina de manera cuando menos verosímil.
Tras haber leído bastante acerca de los horrores que sufrieron los judíos bajo el nazismo resulta desolador leer este cómic y constatar que o bien Israel está ajustando sus cuentas históricas con el mundo a través de los ár...more
Yves
Voilà une excellente BD sur un sujet dont je dois avouer que je ne connaissais pas avant la lecture. À travers ce livre j'ai vu à quel point les Israéliens et les Palestiniens sont dans un cercle vicieux dont aucun des deux ne veux se retirer. C'est une situation où il n'y a aucun vrai coupable mais seulement des victimes. Cette BD se concentre surtout sur les événements de Gaza en 1956 où des Palestiniens auraient été abattus par des soldats Israéliens dans leur village.

Je n'ose pas trop porter...more
Randy Fertel
Winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize for Courageous Truth-telling (Ridenhour.org), a terrific book.
Stan Pedzick
A case of art doing a better job of showing you what is going on than the news.
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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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