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Safe Area Goražde by Joe Sacco
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Feb 09, 12

it was amazing
Read from February 02 to 08, 2012

An informative and engaging graphic journey through the Serb-Bosnian conflict in former Yugoslavia in the 90's. Sacco's stories of his time in Bosnia, and the stories he relates from others, range from intense and dark to funny and endearing. By the end of the novel, I felt in some ways that I had traveled with him, met the same people and come to know them and their situation.

This is not a conflict or a region I knew much about when I picked up this book. I had some vague memories from childhood, and more recently the trials of Slobodan Milošević and Ratko Mladić. Some parts of the left in the United States still hold that much of the ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the region was a myth made to help extend NATO power. Reading Safe Area Goražde gave me more information from someone who traveled there during the conflict, witnessed the damage and heard the stories of people who had witnessed the horror of ethnic cleansing by Serbian militias.

This is a well-illustrated and relatively quick read, I highly recommend it.

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