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After the death of her son, Regina Segal takes her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw, hoping to reclaim a family property lost during the Second World War. As they get to know modern Warsaw, Regina is forced to recall difficult things about her past, and Mica begins to wonder if maybe their reasons for coming aren’t a little different than what her grandmother led her to believ ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published January 1st 2013)
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Greta G
Home to the largest population of Jews in Europe before the war (about 3.300.000, of which an estimated 90% were killed in the Holocaust), Poland has more property that was stolen during the war and nationalized in its aftermath than any other nation. Yet Poland is the only country in Europe that has not passed legislation to compensate owners for properties seized under Nazi and communist rule. Several efforts to pass regulations since the fall of the communist regime have failed, mainly becaus ...more
Chad
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chad by: Artemy
Shelves: 2018


Mica and her Grandmother, Regina, fly to Warsaw from Israel to check on some property that may still be in the family. Regina hasn't returned to Poland since WWII began, decades ago. But once they get to Warsaw, Mica's grandmother keeps giving her the runaround about the property. Over the course of the book, we discover the secrets Regina is hiding, Mica begins a new relationship and a friend of the family makes a nuisance of himself. No one is exactly what they seem. The book is filled with hu
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David Schaafsma
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It left me in tears at the end. But I especially love it when a book surprises me and I would never have predicted even at three quarters of the way through it that it would end as it did. Well, some of it is not surprising, but some of it definitely is. By the author/artist of Exit Wounds, which I also liked, but I like this even more. Same beautiful art, an even richer story. Maybe it won't be too much of a spoiler to say that it is a romance which didn't look like that at all from t ...more
Sam Quixote
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rutu Modan’s second graphic novel, The Property, is her best book yet and one of the best comics of the year. Mica Segal and her grandmother Regina head from Israel to Warsaw to reclaim family property that was lost in World War 2. But as Mica soon realises, her grandmother has other reasons for returning to her former home that has to do with her grandmother’s recently deceased son, Reuben, and a life left behind long ago.

Modan takes an already interesting story from the beginning and slowly p
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Lauren
Translated from the Hebrew and Polish by Jessica Cohen

In this graphic novel, Mica accompanies her proud and proper grandmother from Tel Aviv to Warsaw to reclaim the deed to an apartment building their family was forced to abandon in World War II. Family secrets unveil over their time in Warsaw, as new relationships blossom.

Modan's illustrations are colorful and clear. I read her earlier graphic novel, Exit Wounds, many years ago and was glad to see her art and storytelling again. This was a gre
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Stacey (prettybooks)
I love coming across books I didn't know about yet end up loving, but it rarely happens. The Property is the tale of Regina Segal and her granddaughter Mica, who return to Warsaw to get back the family home that was lost during the Second World War. The Property is an emotional tale of heritage and family secrets, but with a sense of humour too. I picked it up because I'm intrigued by World War II stories but I got much more: an emotional graphic novel that I continued to think about long after  ...more
Seth T.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Romance has always played a large part in my life and been of tremendous importance to me—primarily perhaps because I engage it so vicariously. Romance and romantic ideals have always held themselves at a bit of an arm’s length from both my experiences and my way of expressing my love for others.

The Property by Ruto Modan

I didn’t find myself at last involved in a reciprocated romantic relationship until I was twenty-three. I had my first crush when I was six, when I realized that I (in some sense) wanted desperately to t
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Elizabeth A
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2014
In this graphic novel Regina Segal, a Polish Jew who now lives in Israel, takes her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw to reclaim family property lost during World War 2.

How well do we know our parents or grandparents? How about our family secrets? This story is not what is seems on the surface. There is the publicly declared mission that Mica believes they are on, and then there is the private mission that Grandmama is on.

I really liked the art in this book, and appreciated the humorous touches to
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Caleb
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves a graphic novel
I had just checked this book out of the library today because I was a little intrigued and once I picked it up I could not put it back down. I'd say I read it in about 45 minutes total so I could soak in all the information and details. I absolutely loved it from beginning to end from Regina's wit and don't give a dang attitude at the airport to the end of the book when you see the similarity between her and her granddaughter on the plane ride home. It was truly a nice read.
〰️Beth〰️
Interesting graphic novel about the property rights of Jewish families after WWII. The story follows a grandmother and her granddaughter as they go in search of the property.
Melissa Chung
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars! I really liked this one. It's got heart.

The Property is about a grandma (Regina) and a granddaughter (Mica) they travel from Israel to Poland. According to the grandmother's lawyer from twenty years ago...Regina has inherited a piece of property that was her parents. Mica has gone with her grandmother on this journey to help out. Unbeknownst to them a family friend has also "tagged" along to keep an eye on the whole endeavor. He is secretly working with someone *wink wink*. Regina star
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Zedsdead
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Zedsdead by: ?
An old Jewish woman travels with her granddaughter from Israel to Warsaw, ostensibly to recover an apartment lost to the Nazi invasion in WW2. But she has secrets. Over the course of a week we learn what really happened decades earlier and how that will impact her family.

There’s a lot to admire here. There are so many amazingly human moments in The Property. The characterizations are remarkable, each one feels so very real.

I just didn’t like any of them. With only one exception the characters a
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Nikki
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you read a book and you love it to death but you can't even begin to find the words to describe what you liked about it because it pushed so many of your buttons at once that the whole experience was just too engrossing and overwhelming to analyze.
Jessica Reads & Rambles
Perhaps 4.5 stars if I’m being extra picky, but I just sat down to read a bit and got totally swept away. Felt a little emotional turning the last page too!
Hollowspine
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A story of a family secret, kept so long, that everyone has a different notion of the truth. Many strange, sometimes funny, somewhat heart-breaking, situations occur due to the secrets kept by Mica's grandmother when they return after generations to Warsaw, supposedly to reclaim their lost property.

As the story unfolds readers are able to piece together the hidden truth, and then wait to see whether or not Mica is able to piece together the story that her grandmother, Regina, obviously wants to
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Alicia
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Oh my god, did this graphic novel make me cry and laugh. Really, really well-done story by Israeli artist Modan, about a young woman and her grandmother going to Warsaw to find out about a property her grandmother's family owned before the war. There is also some romance, an annoyingly boorish acquaintance, and a very sly sense of humor. I wish I still taught Jewish-themed comic book classes so I could force people to read this.
Kim
Mica takes her grandmother, a Jew who escaped the Holocaust in Poland by a few years, back to Warsaw to look into some property she left behind. But Regina has a a big secret. Complicated and beautiful story! Modan's pacing and structure has come a long way!
Kimberly
After her son dies, a woman travels to Poland with her granddaughter to look into a property once owned by the woman’s parents. Her parents lived in the apartment before the war, so tracking it down may prove difficult.

Thus begins the story of The Property. Love and loss, along with war and its ramifications, are explored in this graphic novel. I thought the story was cleverly constructed. The plot built in suspense and really held my attention. Well, Grandma Regina’s story held my attention. Th
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alana
My mother likes to tell me how I've always had a thing for grumpy old men. The Property makes me think I should give grumpy old women a shot as well. Having recently read Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds, I was eager to check out this Eisner winner for the Panels 2015 Read Harder Challenge. The Property documents Mica and her grandmother Regina on a trip from Israel to Poland to claim family property. Regina, who is returning to Poland for the first time since before WWII, quickly reveals ulterior motiv ...more
Fredrik Strömberg
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is what comics can be, great art but first and foremost a great story. The best graphic novel I've read in some time.

I've followed Rutu Modan since the time she was a part of the artist group Actus Tragicus and published strange and beautiful anthologies, each and every one in a new format. Anyway, Modan just becomes better and better, and The Property is definitely her best book yet. The dialogue is interesting and quirky and the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter is a deli
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Sedge 李
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
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Shannon Appelcline
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
It's amazing (and tragic) how long a shadow World War II has cast across the continent. This book is an exploration of that shadow, as a young woman and her grandmother return to Warsaw, the city that the grandmother fled on the eve of the War.

It's a very personal story, about loss and grief, about the ways we change and the ways we stay the same, about how the world meanwhile changes around us. It's a strongly characterized story about how the young woman and her grandmother react to the histor
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Merrikay
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rutu Modan was born in Israel and educated in Jerusalem.  She is an award winning illustrator and cartoonist.  This graphic novel is the first of her books that I have read, but not the last.  It is the story of a young woman who accompanies her grandmother on a trip from Tel Aviv to Warsaw for the first time since her Jewish grandmother was exiled from the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw.  A not uncommon story, it involves loss of property, loss of loved ones and close friends, as well as betrayal.  It ...more
Daniel Chaikin
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think I expected something droll and disturbing in this story of young woman joining her grandmother in traveling from Israel to Poland to reclaim a property lost during the Holocaust. Not sure, but, regardless, I wanted to try it because I really enjoyed Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds. Well, she pulls it off. This is touching yet charming and complicated in the clash of cultures, generations and histories. Much going on here, including a somehow entertaining cynicism at the Holocaust tourist indust ...more
Stephanie (aka WW)
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Property has all of what’s good in graphic novels - a story as rich as a novel, interesting and likable characters, and drawings that enhance the story. The story reminded me of Jonathan Safari Fore’s Everything is Illuminated. A Jewish grandmother and granddaughter return to Poland to reclaim “property” that was taken from them in WWII. Or is that not the real reason? Highly recommended for graphic novel fans as well as those who’d like to give the genre a try.
Jacob Mcconnell
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Understated, sad, beautiful; a love song dedicated to that which might have been but never could be. Modan proves that sentimentality is an incredible force that can change lives, and clear the fog of history. This book is just so damned charming. The characters are living, breathing people, mature in their own way, even when clouded by self interest at times. I loved it.
Judith
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I finished this in two sittings. Not only is the book beautiful and in full colour throughout, the story is beautiful as well. The characterisation is very well done, all of the characters are memorable and likeable. Sometimes they act out, but we always find out that they had their reasons. I don't want to say anymore as not to spoil it. Recommended!
Michael
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece of loss, regret, personal history and family legacy. Wry humor, great artwork, fully realized characters, and a complex understanding of the nuances of intercultural relationships all make this one great comic.
++++++++++++
Rereading this six years later, it's lost absolutely none of its power and emotion. Beautiful work by Modan.
Nnedi
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the setting, the art, the politics, and the story and characters were intriguing. I'll read anything Rutu writes. I've already read Exit Wounds. On to her compilation, Jamilti and Other Stories.
Wilde Sky
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
An old woman goes back to Warsaw to reclaim a family property that was lost during WWII.

The narrative was a bit disjointed, but overall it was an effective piece - dealing with loss / betrayal / love at a very human level.
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Rutu Modan was born in Tel-Aviv in 1966. In 1992 she graduated cum laude from the illustration program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Shortly after graduating, she began regularly writing and illustrating comic strips and stories for Israel's leading daily newspapers, as well as editing the Israeli edition of MAD magazine with Yirmi Pinkus. Together, they founded Actus Trag ...more

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