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Safe Area Goražde by Joe Sacco
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Mar 14, 2009

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I didn't like this nearly as much as "Palestine," although it was still arresting. It seems "safer," somehow -- part of the drama of "Palestine" was watching Sacco figure out his own craft (the images look completely different by the end of the book, for instance) and wrestle with his own fear that he's an idiot voyeur out to make a name. By the time Sacco got to this book, he'd dealt with all this, and he basically disappears from the narrative. So while this works pretty well as journalism, it doesn't have the moral complexity of Palestine (in Palestine we also see the Israeli's side from time to time, whereas every Serbian pictured here is drunk and/or actually in the process of committing a war crime).

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Rose He did make a point of describing, for example, those Serbs who remained in Gorazde at great cost to themselves, living and suffering alongside the Muslims, and Serbs who showed mercy - for example, saving a character's life or providing information to help a character at a risk to themselves.

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