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Jerusalem by Guy Delisle
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May 26, 12

Read from May 05 to 26, 2012

Guy Delisle's Jerusalem is brilliant. Using his trademark style of observational reporting delivered in the graphic novel format, Delisle dives deep into the heart of the absurdities that drive the endless Israeli/Palestinian conflict. While the author never purports to be a journalist, he nonetheless keeps a journalistic frame of mind as he records his personal experiences over a year spent living in the Holy City, traveling between Israeli and Palestinian zones and calmly recording the bizarre politics and extreme social segregation imposed by a country at undeclared war with itself. The "heaviness" of his topical matter is somewhat lightened by the author's cartoony drawing style, which is beautiful, minimalist, and never in competition for the reader's attention with the narrative itself, which is riveting and completely rewarding.
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