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Kobane calling

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  4,703 ratings  ·  332 reviews
Tre viaggi nel corso di un anno. Turchia, Iraq, Siria, per documentare la vita della resistenza curda in una delle zone calde meno spiegate dai media mainstream. Zerocalcare realizza un lungo racconto, a tratti intimo, a tratti corale, nel quale l'esistenza degli abitanti del Rojava (una regione il cui nome non si sente mai ai telegiornali) emerge come un baluardo di estre ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Bao Publishing (first published April 2016)
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Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's a shame that this book cannot ever be properly translated for the rest of the world; the mix of cultural references and roman dialect that make up the style of writer and artist Zerocalcare (the name itself being an example, referencing a slogan for a limescale-removing product) would be lost in the translation, and that'd be like asking the Simpsons to make do without the small-town environment that's the whole premise for that show. Still, Kobane Calling takes the bumbling protagonist fro ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read it, read it, read it.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of a Italian cartoonist who visits the Kurds to document their struggle against ISIS. I think it's important to see global issues from multiple angles to gain new perspectives. I liked being able to see this conflict through both Italian and Kurdish eyes. Zerocalcare gives us heavy doses of information in digestible chunks. Seeing it through a graphical interface made it easier to grasp the foreign concepts and complicated geopolitical issues. He also brings in some humor to a pretty d ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a graphic novel which will make you laugh and cry and think. It has the great merit of speaking of the revolution taking place in the Rojava region, the three largely Kurdish provinces of northern Syria. I've heard my Kurdish friends talking with pride about what's happening there, and this is exactly what Zerocalcare reports. An experiment in direct democracy, federalism, women's liberation, even more astounding because put into practice in a region at war. But Kobane calling is also ab ...more
lobelyys (tired af)
I found this graphic novel really interesting. It gave me a look about what happened and what is happening in a pretty hard place as the Middle East. Never knew what really went through the people there and it broke my heart.

This really was interesting. But there was something that made reading this book difficult, and I'm not really sure what that was, maybe the really looong dialogue, or maybe the all white and black comic. But I really recommend this book to all the people that are curious o
Fra' Emme
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bravo, Zero.
Bravo, bravo, bravo.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all the books of Zerocalcare; some I have loved, some not so much, though all were very funny. This one is something else: it's travelling journalism, it's a story of people and ideas that you can care about. It's still fun. Well recommended. ...more
J.D. DeHart
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very well-done and layered graphic novel that works as a developed piece of literature. I would gladly assign this as reading material for a literature class or a course covering graphic novels. I appreciate the way this artist shares this story with us.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great graphic novel about the Kurds in Rojava. Zerocalcare gives us a personal report about the kurdish resistance in Syria. I wish everyone would read this graphic novel.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My dear friend Immano ( said about Kobane Calling:
"It's a shame that this book cannot ever be properly translated for the rest of the world; the mix of cultural references and roman dialect that make up the style of writer and artist Zerocalcare (the name itself being an example, referencing a slogan for a limescale-removing product) would be lost in the translation, and that'd be like asking the Simpsons to make do without the small-town environment that
On my television screen, and on my mobile device, are pictures of the distrusction of Hurricane Irma. The areas that are hit look as though a bomb was set off. Flattened houses, desolation everywhere. And then I look down, as I read this graphic novel about the ware in Syria, and parts around there, against ISIS. Burned out buildings, destruction. It seems as though the whole world is in trouble.

This is an amazing story about a young Italian cartoonist who wanted to see what was going on Kokanee
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I read this book in its original language and I absolutely loved it. On one side the the comic book style was original, fresh and the author connects his personal life and view to understand what he is experiencing in a very natural and engaging way. It is possible to understand and connect with the story but also with the author experience. About the story itself, it is a great first hand depiction of the situation surrounding Kurdistan. I had only mildly heard on general media about the confli ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, to illustrate critical situations, you don't necessarily need long essays. In this case a comic is quite enough to introduce you to the topic (what's happening with the Kurds and all the contradictions of this situation) and to make you feel compassionate.To me it's been also kind of eyes-opening and bolstered my curiosity.
A must read even for people who do not usually appreciate comics.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Incredibly salty about the fact that this was translated in English and got 0 hype. Sure the humor would probably not be 100% understandable to English readers, because some things would be lost in translation, but still, there is so much ignorance about this topic? And this getting 0 attention while some new trope-y thing will/did makes me salty.

Antoniya Shivarova
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was a gift by a someone special who wanted to share with me his passion with comics. My identification with the main character aka the author was thorough! The emotional charge of the book is extreme! The information quality on a really good level. The subjectivity of the author is obvious on some places but that's the beauty of reading such a story. ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, brilliant, clever, tough.
I really enjoy comics journalism and especially when the topics are otherwise hidden aka we don't really hear about them on the news or we only hear some. You get to know so much more and there's always a humane touch to it compared to traditional news. Kobane Calling dives into Syria, its current war and the Kurdish troops and the political atmosphere around this all. We get to know more about the geography and how things really are from the normal people, who have to live trough it all (and fi ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got an ARC in return for an honest review on NetGalley.

This book will stand out for years. If you can make your way through the denseness, you will see the strength of people labeled terrorists. You will see the cowardice of people labeled heroes. You will see the conflicts that are constantly in the media in a drastically different light. This book will open your eyes and your heart, as cliche as that sounds.

This book did not read smoothly, it read as a history lesson for the most part. There
Liam Berge

Kobane calling documents the experience of Italian cartoonist Zerocalcare as he visits Turkey, Iraq, Syria, to document the life of Kurdish resistance and help those in need caught between the conflict.

The book reminds me of a modern day 'Maus' and has a very important subject matter which should be documented and put to the mainstream media much more.

Zerocalcare looks at the victims caught up in the war, the people trying to help out those in need and the difficulty involved in trying to bring
An Italian political journalist cartoonist visits the Kurdish Syrian area of Kobane. He meets liberated women fighters and male ragtag fighters against ISIS. The Turks hates them because of the PKK and the Kurdish Independence movement. While the world refuses to recognize this area, they desire independence and democracy. A footnote points out that the ISIS fighters keep their ideology and are merely changing their name and regrouping. A major fear is that extremists will get into Turkey and th ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am very interested in history, so this is one I really enjoyed. A lot of history lessons can be dry and boring, but I find that many graphic novels have a way of overcoming that. I think it has to do with the art. It adds another dimension to the story. Kobane Calling was no exception. I thought the art was interesting and eye catching. It was crisp with clean, bold lines.

I knew very little about Syria, and the Kurds who have fought for autonomy and independence. This was a great introduction
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing political travelogue. Fabulous art, intense story, with just a touch of humor to keep things honest. Recommended.
Juan Pablo
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting story, told with a great sense of humor.
The amazing resistance of the kurds deserve many other books like this one!
Y.S. Stephen
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kobane Calling is a kind of book I wish most people would read, especially those interested in international affairs. However, it is that kind of book that a lot of people won't read; firstly because it is a graphic novel addressing a matter of importance - war. The cartoon medium is still grappling with general acceptance, especially with regards to heavy topics. Also, Kobane Calling reads in a way that confronts our perceptions about Muslims, the Middle East, Syrian war and the western countri ...more
Wayne McCoy
'Kobane Calling' written and drawn by Zerocalcare is a autobiographical memoir about a trip to the Rojava region of Syria.

Zerocalcare is a fictitious name of an Italian cartoonist. When he learns about what is happening in Rojava, he volunteers with a group of others. From dangerous border crossings to fear of Daesh, Zerocalcare finds himself learning about the struggles of the Kurdish people and meets the all-female Kurdish volunteer Women's Defense Units.

To balance the seriousness of the stor
Mateen Mahboubi
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Important as a travelogue in Rojava at a pivotal moment in history of the region. It's a bit of a tough read. I'm sure that a lot of it has to do with things being lost in translation from the original Italian but Zerocalcare does a good job trying to simplify years of geopolitical complications in digestible portions to help us keep up with terms and a history which is often glossed over by most of us who aren't actively engaged with the going ons of the region. Lots of humor and creativity kee ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I already knew this book was going to be one of my favourite without reading it first. After having read it, I can affirm it definitely is. It has such a depth, such a way to treat things with empathy, without simplifying anything, and it shows a reality so different and usually so politicised in a way that it is simple. I read a journalist commenting on this book saying that it is a reportage, and a damn good one at it, something Italian journalists were not able to do at the time and he did. S ...more
Maggie Gordon
I really enjoy the medium of autobiographical memoir comics that tackle an individual's reactions to issues far bigger than their ordinary lives. In this book, the author travels throughout Syria and attempts to understand the politics behind the Kurdish resistance. Obviously, this is not a perfect overview of this issue, but it is an interesting way to explore and learn about how the Kurds are being treated. ...more
Edward Sullivan
A young Italian cartoonist volunteers with the Rojava Calling organization and heads into the Middle East to support and observe the Kurdish resistance in northern Syria as they struggle against the advancing forces of the Islamic State, but he finds multiple overlapping conflicts. Originally published in Italian.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book but I fear that there is alot lost in translation. I really recommend this book and believe that it is an important piece in the tragic history that still writes itself in the Middle East and Europe.
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