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War's End: Profiles from Bosnia, 1995-1996

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  28 reviews
War cartoonist Joe Sacco visits the Bosnian conflict to uncover the stories that are often ignored or uncovered by traditional media.

How does an artist reconcile being forced to go to the front line of a brutal conflict that will change his life and homeland forever? What happens when a reporter finally comes face-to-face with an evil war criminal? Before his groundbreakin
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Drawn and Quarterly
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David Schaafsma
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This functions as a kind of sequel to Sacco's more substantial Safe Area Goradze, which is a detailed account of journalistic interviews with Muslim survivors there. War's End shares two stories that are sort of snapshots of the last year of the war, "Soba" and "Christmas with Karadzic". The former is about an artist and musician and Serbian soldier, Soba, the son of a Serb and Muslim parents. Sacco rents an apt from a Serbian woman in Sarajevo while he tries to get a sense of the scene, and it ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Joe Sacco's journalism is always pretty good; this one was great.
Andrew Holmes
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always love Joe Sacco's books. Poignant and insightful without ever being preachy. Beautifully drawn.
Francesc Gomez-Morales
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Extraordinarily honest. He manages to capture the essence of war through daily details, little adventures and personal battles of anonymous heroes.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, politics

يمتاز جو ساكو بأسلوبه التوثيقي الصحفي "الشخصي"
في تصويره لأماكن الحروب من وجهات نظر أبطال عاديين لا مثاليين..

يصور حالة البطل الرئيسي البائسة قبل حرب البوسنة، وبعد انتهائها.. وعدم تأقلمه على الحياة الطبيعية بعدها
الصور التي رسمها جو ساكو عن حياتهم مختلفة تماما عن الصور التي رسمتها الخطب التي كنا نسمعها عما يحدث في بوسنة لاخواننا المسلمين.. أخواننا الذين غضبنا من اجلهم وجمعنا التبرعات من أجلهم، كانوا شقرا يرقصون في المراقص ويشربون ويذهبون لجلب البنات. باختصار، كان حالهم يشبه حال أي دولة
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic
In the past year or two I've become a big fan of graphic memoirs, and had high hopes for this meticulously-drawn two part memoir of the author's time in Bosnia at the end of the war, which I picked up at the Drawn & Quarterly booth at ComicCon. The first part of the book tells the story of the artist Soba, who is in the process of being discharged from the army and is struggling with moving to civilian life and returning to his art and music after horrifying war experiences. The second part desc ...more
The more of Joe Sacco's work I read, the more convinced I am that his work is the ultimate expression of the subjective New Journalism movement of the 60's and 70's. There is no possible way to hide the author's hand here Sacco's opinion is felt in every line, in the layout, the lettering. There is no obscuring the presence of the author.

His reportage is deft, sensitive, and detailed. He finds aspects of the Bosnian conflict left out of traditional reporting and highlights the characters on the
Franco Olcese
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
As usual, Joe Sacco have done a great work. For sure, it is not his best piece, but I enjoyed a lot. He tells the story of Soba, an artist that participated in the war in Bosnia. Sacco tries to describe Soba's mind trough his stories, and some side friends; and how them was shaped by war, not in a traumatic way, but embracing it (not in a psychopath way). I like the letter Sacco show at the end of the book, to see how Soba saw the war afterwards, when he came back to his artist's life.

Second sto
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
(Trying to remind myself that 3 stars = I LIKED it, nothing more or less. And this would be a 3.5). Read in conjunction with Sacco's other Bosnia works, the two stories in "War's End" are as expressive and disturbing as one would expect. The first story examines Soba, an artist/musician from Sarajevo who removes landmines for four years during the urban war. The second story is shorter, looking at a few journalists trying to get a scoop on Radovan Karadzic's attendance at an Orthodox Christmas s ...more
Becki Iverson
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I'm a big Joe Sacco fan, and I was really looking forward to "War's End" to learn more about the Bosnian conflict, about which I know little. I found it disappointing in that respect, however. I'm sure if I do more Sacco research I'll find a book that better explains the conflict, but this really just discusses a couple of persons of interest as they transition from the end of the war to building an uneasy life in peace. It's still a well made book, but j ...more
Mar 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
A too-short - but still powerful - coda for his time in the Balkans, this thin book takes us through the stories of a few of the people that Sacco met while working in the area as they come to terms with the end of the war. They're all fascinating characters, but with the U.S. involved in two current wars it feels like a chronicle of a strange and distant time. Considering that this book was just published, it would have been nice to include little something about what the characters are up to t ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Joe Sacco's work puts a human face onto horrible conflict and tragedy. His unique brand of journalism (that is, graphic journalism) is powerful and insightful. This book is a relatively short work containing Joe's stories of meeting two particular real-life characters whose stories illustrate parts of the conflict in Bosnia. Unlike Safe Area Gorazde, it does not contain interludes of illustrated history lessons that place the stories into the larger historical/geopolitical context. For ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this over the course of a short flight. I liked it alot-- I thought his renderings of the landscapes and people of Bosnia/Yugoslavia were really sincere-feeling, if that makes sense-- it had a real authenticity to it. I would've liked more explanation of the historical context at the beginning of this book-- that happens kinda towards the middle.
I look forward to reading Sacco's book Palestine, which is the work he is most well-known for.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, comic
Two short stories based on Sacco's time in Bosnia. The first is a profile of an artist from Sarajevo who spent the war disarming Serbian land mines. The second is a story of 3 journalists' quest for an interview with Karadzic. Sacco recently said that his goal is to show the truth, warts and all. He does that in these two stories. There are a lot of warts.
Rachel D
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes graphic novels and/or is interested in European history
This book is more or less a sequel to "Safe Area Gorazde". Both this and "Gorazde" have been called examples of "New Journalism", whatever that is. It's not an easy read because of the subject matter - the Bosnian war - but it's a must-read if you want to understand what happened during that time. "Christmas with Karadzic" is not to be missed!
Bosnom behar probeharao...
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started with "Gorazde" to get a fuller history or the Bosnian War, moved on to "The Fixer", and finished the trilogy with this. It may just be the order I chose, but it seems like each book got more personal, the characters more compelling. The profile of the artist forced to fight in the war here in "War's End" positively is haunting.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book from Joe Sacco, and just in time for the Interpol capture of Karadzic. If you don't know the first thing about the recent Balkan Wars, or even if you're an expert, read this book. Also be sure to check in the back for the URL to Shoba's personal website.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Admittedly, this genre isn't my preferred interest when it comes to graphic novels, but it was an informative story and the artwork reminded me of those old underground "zines"
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
After reading the Fixer and Other Stories this book seemed incredibly repetitive.
Call Me Ishmael
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
In the style of “Persepolis”.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is composed of two short pieces from Sacco’s time in Bosnia, about a Sarajevan war hero, and attempts to meet with the leader of Bosnian Serb forces during the fighting in Bosnia.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Strongly drawn, grim, yet sometimes funny, novellas from the point of view of participants in the Bosnian War.
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Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really good, but it probably works best if you read it alongside Sacco's other Bosnia works.
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Joe Sacco was born in Malta on October 2, 1960. At the age of one, he moved with his family to Australia, where he spent his childhood until 1972, when they moved to Los Angeles. He began his journalism career working on the Sunset High School newspaper in Beaverton, Oregon. While journalism was his primary focus, this was also the period of time in which he developed his penchant for humor and sa ...more

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