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Zona Aman Gorazde: Perang di Bosnia Timur 1992-1995

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Pada akhir 1995 dan awal 1996, kartunis sekaligus reporter, Joe Sacco, melakukan empat kali perjalanan ke Goradze, sebuah kota yang ditunjuk PBB sebagai daerah aman semasa Perang Bosnia. Selama tiga setengah tahun, kota tersebut terombang-ambing di ambang kemusnahan. Dikepung oleh pasukan Bosnia Serbia, penduduk Goradze yang sebagaian besar Muslim mengalami serangan dahsya ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 2010 by DAR! Mizan (first published 2000)
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Really bad things happened in Bosnia and dumb-asses like me read about it in a comic book. I shrink in shame.


Jan 06, 2010 Malbadeen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not the faint of heart!
If you asked me to summarize this book with one word I would say...

If you gave me two worlds, I would say...

If you gave me three, I would say...

Occasionally I feel remiss when it comes to world history/politics/current events. Occasionally it occurs to my knowledge of wars goes something like this:

-people in North America didn't like taxes so they threw tea around and then there was a war and now we have 4th of July.

-People were mean and stupid
I think this may be one of the most moving and gut-wrenching books about war that I've ever read. I'm not sure why it made so much more of an impact on me than all of the other books of war journalism I've read over the years. There's something about it that just really gets under your skin. Maybe it's that Sacco can show us these people -- not just tell us what they looked like, but actually draw them as they look when they are most vulnerable or most ugly and violent. The plight of the denizen ...more
Ikra Amesta
May 20, 2015 Ikra Amesta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Kejayaan Nazi memang sudah lama berlalu, namun filosofi fasis-nya masih terus diusung pada setiap perang dimanapun setelahnya. Tengoklah prahara di Gorazde. Sebuah daerah kantong di Bosnia Timur yang dikepung oleh pasukan separatis Serbia (Chetnik) sejak awal perang Bosnia. Sebagian dari populasinya adalah Muslim dan telah lama sebelumnya hidup berdampingan dengan orang-orang Serbia sampai akhirnya perang mengguratkan garis pemisah yang sangat jelas di antara keduanya.

Perang Bosnia adalah sebua
Mar 17, 2010 Schuyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devasting is the first word that comes to mind. The story of the Bosnian War is a bit complicated (like most wars) but here is a radically condensed summary: Yugoslavia was made up of mostly Croatians, Serbians, and Muslims. And after WWII, the then president Josip Broz, commonly known as Tito, looked to down play ethnic nationalism and have each group live side by side peacefully. Then Tito died and Serbian nationalism took hold through the new Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, who became ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethnic cleansing, torture, and rape seem like strange subjects for a graphic novel, yet somehow...this book works. Seeing the faces of the victims, not just reading about them, only serves to make the story all the more horrifying.

Sacco uses his black and white drawings as photo journalism, telling the tale of a safe zone that proved to be anything but safe for its residents. He offers up a history of the war through interviews with survivors, many living in bombed out shells that used to be ho
Aamil Syed
What a vivid portrayal of a shameful human tragedy! The Bosnian wars were an unpardonable failure of the UN and the international community but we don't read about it at all. Joe Sacco does brilliant work in bringing the war to us using amazing artwork and a compelling narrative style. This should be widely read.
Nov 11, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safe Area Gorazde is a stunning work, combining the best traits of journalism, comics, and historical non-fiction. What really makes this book exceptional is the fact that Joe Sacco has mastered all of the elements of his craft - the writing and the art hold up equally well despite the high standards that Sacco has evidently set for himself.[return][return]The tale told herein is alternately thrilling, horrifying, and redeeming, but manages to hit all of those high points without an excess of au ...more
Christopher Roth
Not just one of the best things I've ever seen about the Yugoslav Wars of Succession, but one of the best arguments for non-fiction comics. Very powerful book. It gets deep into the inexplicable phenomenon of how Serbs turned on their Muslim neighbors almost overnight when war erupted in Bosnia. Puts a human face on the Bosnian war more than anything I've read.
Apr 19, 2016 molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-my-30s
To me, Sacco came off as kinda creepy but I did like that the majority of the book wasn't about his experiences or opinions (I didn't care for those parts). I appreciated that he presented the stories of a few of those who lived it.
David Schaafsma
I recently read Terrorist about the assassination that triggered WWI, and was nudged to reread Sacco's wonderful text, set in the same region, beset by some of the same ethnic politics/history, of course, and discovered this special edition, issued in 2011. I think the original came out in 2001, and it was based, like his also classic Palestine, on Sacco's first person comics journalism in the region. He isn't ever trying to pretend he is just some fly on the wall. He's there, and often self dep ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is a book I would probably have never known about if it hadn't been for a little workshop I attended during my teaching degree. Which would have been a sad loss for me, because this is an excellent book, vivid and educational, emotional and honest, a book that brings a complex and confusing war into your lap, at the same time beautiful in its artistic skill, and heart-wrenching in the agony of its story.

Goražde (pronounced "go-RAJH-duh") is a town in Bosnia, which used to be part of Yugosla
Ryan Mishap
Like with Palestine, his previous graphic account of life in the occupied territories, I didn’t like Sacco. Here, though, he’s less evident while recounting his experiences in the title town during the Bosnian war. As the Serbs aggressively attacked their Bosnian neighbors, took territory and lives while the world community stood by, “safe areas” were supposed to be fire-free zones under UN protection. The reality on the ground is illustrated brilliantly as Sacco draws out people’s stories while ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I put what I've just read into words? A picture is worth a thousand words and Sacco grabs ahold of this concept in this profound and enormously well-captured work on the Bosnian War. Serbians and Muslims, who were literally living next door as neighbors, somehow managed to hate and kill each other in a way that eerily parallels the horrors during WWII. Although strictly from the POV's of Bosnians and never from the side of the enemy, I still believe it's a great piece of journalistic work ...more
Angshuman Chatterjee
I chanced upon this book while looking for a read on the Bosnian conflict in the early '90s, having lately seen tell tale signs of war in Mostar with my own eyes.
Reading this book is not easy; it left me to wonder how we humans behave so differently when we have we lose our 'humanity' and take thrill in oppressing and killing. It also shows global politics in a rather critical light...The UN did not intervene, the Serbs flexed their muscles and did whatever they wanted, NATO interven
Przemek Skoczyński
Oct 09, 2015 Przemek Skoczyński rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ta historia boli bardziej, bo wydarzyła się naprawdę. Sacco ucieka przed patosem, ale nie ucieka przed przed brutalnymi scenami. Najbrutalniejsze są jednak nie obrazki cierpiących dzieci, odciętych kończyn czy zniszczeń, ale prawdy, które przy okazji wychodzą na jaw. Nie możesz liczyć na nikogo. Przyjaciele i sąsiedzi, z którymi wczoraj się wychowywałeś, jutro w przypływie szału mogą poderżnąć gardła całej twojej rodzinie. Organizacje międzynarodowe to pic na wodę i zrobią coś dla ciebie tylko w ...more
A war was going on in many parts of the world when I was in my pre-teens and teens and the history buff in me remembers reading about them in the newspapers back then. Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kuwait, Iran-Iraq - these are names that will always ring memories of war articles and reporting for me, it was the period I remember the most, I can say.

This could be the reason am drawn to Sacco's books, may be. The other undeniable reason is his exceptional journalist-quality narration of the facts
I want people to appreciate the lost molecules of conflict: the details and sideshows that only exist until the people who remember them die. - Joe Sacco in a 2009 interview

Safe Area Gorazde is Sacco's graphic novel which depicts scenes from the five months he spent in Bosnia interviewing individuals affected by the Bosnian war. Taking place during the breakup of Yugoslavia, the 1992-1995 Bosnian War has been described as the “most violent event Europe experienced since World War II” . Ethnic
Thomas Harr
Jun 24, 2015 Thomas Harr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book shortly after doing a spring break tour of the Balkans. It's a good thing I visited Belgrade, Serbia first before getting this book because after reading it my sentiment is "Fuck the Serbs."

It's important to remember that this book is written from a specific point of view, and Sacco acknowledges in his book that this is not supposed to be an authoritative narrative of the breakup of Yugoslavia or the entire conflict. It's also really important to say that Serbia like any other p
Nuno Ribeiro
When I was first reading this (and did not imagine that there was more graphic journalism of this kind - I only knew MAUS as graphic non fiction) it was so hard for me, at first, to think of Joe Sacco explaining what he was doing, in Gorazde. It all felt so groundbreaking, and fragile and absolutelly brave. There was a journalist, in a very unstable area, doing a story about war. He goes there so he can listen and take notes, talk to people, hear their stories, so he can produce a comic book. In ...more
Joe Sacco's mission in life is to give exposure to people who are normally overlooked and forgotten. In Safe Area Gorazde, he excels at doing so. It is part history, part travelogue, and part war journalism all wrapped up into a graphic novel. The art is gritty and violent, and does not shy away from showing all of the horrors of war and genocide. The illustrations are impressive, but they cannot be said to look pretty- although that is part of the point. The subject matter and the world are ugl ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A powerful graphic novel about the war in Eastern Bosnia between 1992 and 1995. When the events were taking place, it was easy to tune them out, thinking "it's just more ethnic fighting in the Balkans." Sacco does a brilliant job of humanizing the conflict, though, by introducing us to the very human characters the populate this city under siege. The book's power comes from the little moments - the request by a local man that Sacco teach him the lyrics to rock songs, the flirtations and material ...more
Tyler Hill
Sep 25, 2011 Tyler Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Joe Sacco's a crazy man. By that, I don't mean to say his behavior or attitude are wild or outrageous (actually, the reverse seems to be true); but instead, I say it because it just boggles my mind that he does what he does: Go to conflict areas around the world, and then write comics about his experiences there. First, you have the reality to traveling to an area where and armed conflict is happening (or, at least recently happened). Then you have the reality of creating comics: A massively lab ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War correspondent Joe Sacco’s graphic novel, Gorazde, is difficult to read. It reports on the experiences of Edin, a Bosnian Muslim, during the siege of Gorazde and describes in text and image the atrocities committed during the siege of the city and of neighboring towns, and of the violence of diplomatic decisions that favoured political expediency over human life and well-being.

As I read the book (in a single sitting, it’s entirely captivating) I asked myself what made the graphic form so effe
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Sacco has a superb portrait here of a community under siege, not actually sure if there is a future, yet alone what it might hold (there were persistent rumours that Gora~de might be traded to the Serbs in return for concessions elsewhere). He shows himself as an outsider, both slightly sinister (with his eyes never visible behind his glasses) and slightly absurd (with his lips grotesquely enlarged, giving him literally a big mouth). The inha ...more
Apr 08, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: syllabus from a history class I didn't take
More accurately 3.7 stars. So I changed it to four. But not quite four. 7/10.

So, my recent graphic narrative reads have sort of jumped to either end of the genre: very literary graphic novel in Fun Home, and true comic book with Ex Machina. Fittingly, as a graphic narrative, Safe Area Gorazde lies somewhere else on the spectrum. Most accurately "illustrated journalism," it shares with Maus a startling effectiveness at conveying horrific atrocities using black and white drawings (although no anim
Sangeetha Kodithala
Books on wars are never pleasant. But Joe Sacco makes us see and learn about people's lives in Gorazde in such detail that we start empathising with them. The turmoil that Bosnians went through... The destruction, massacres... All for nothing! It reads like a first hand report, so we get more and more involved as the book progresses. A must read if you love world history.
Jun 06, 2012 Mejix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to begin by saying that I intensely dislike Sacco's drawing style. Most of it is tacky, cheesy, gooey, sticky. It feels like bad illustration from the 70's. The way he does background shadow lines using a ruler is god-awful. I also have reservations about the motivations behind these reportage comics. Many times they feel interested in the entertainment value of tragedy. As another reviewer here commented Sacco comes across as kinda creepy. He is nevertheless a good narrator, tells the st ...more
Erika Schoeps
Mar 19, 2015 Erika Schoeps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
A great, absorbing work of graphic novel journalism. Sacco is a master of balancing historical fact with human connection, creating a work of non-fiction that is both readable and educational. The use of black and white keeps things respectful and somber, preventing this from becoming about Sacco's artistic skills or merit, and more about the content. Another masterful thing Sacco does is expose the reader to the horror of the situation without making it too depressing to read. In all aspects of ...more
Bill Zawrotny
Sep 19, 2015 Bill Zawrotny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book about life in the "safe haven" of Gorazde during the Bosnian war. Hard to read at times, but seemingly accurate based on my experiences in Bosnia.
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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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