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Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
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Dec 20, 11

bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read from November 29 to December 20, 2011

so only made it about a third of the way thru this epic graphic novel... the illustrations are brilliant and the novel's purpose and task - to uncover a largely forgotten massacre in Gaza in 1956 by seeking out and having conversations with the people who lived through it, pushing through many layers of trauma - demonstrates amazing and personal historical research. however, i found reading it a bit disjointed and the format made me feel a bit disconnected, however this also may be because the content is so heavy and dense and historically/geographically specific that i needed a hell of a lot more focus to push through it.
i enjoyed joe sacco's previous graphic novels 'Palestine' and 'Safe Area Gorazde' more than this one - maybe the narrative was stronger/clearer in those - and they formed an important part of my political education.

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