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Joe Sacco brings a completely unique voice to journalism. He lives with those most under fire in the unending conflicts in Palestine and Bosnia, describing events through meticulous, painstaking cartooning. In Footnotes in Gaza, Sacco investigates a decades old incident that epitomized the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, a tragedy made relevant and current through remarkable storytelling.
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"Footnotes in Gaza is energized by Sacco's relentless reporting, self-deprecating asides ("And thus begins the aggravating mismatch pitting hapless cartoonist against wily ex-guerrilla,") and the design sense that he brings to each of its 389 pages. The graphic investigation provides essential context for the bitterness that keeps Palestinians and Israelis at one another's throats." Steve Duin, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)

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From the great cartoonist-reporter, a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most vexed of places.

Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts.

Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah — cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake — reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.

As in Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde, Sacco's unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza, his most ambitious work to date, transforms a critical conflict of our age into an intimate and immediate experience.

Review:

"Joe Sacco's brilliant, excruciating books of war reportage are potent territory.... He shows how much that is crucial to our lives a book can hold." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Solid, old-fashioned war reporting... a superb way into the truth of events, understanding different sides and poking around in people’s minds and houses." The Times (UK)

Review:

"A story soaked to the marrow with heartbreaking insights... One of the best long-form comics of this decade, and Sacco’s greatest work to date." Comics Reporter

Synopsis:

From the great cartoonist-reporter comes a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most tormented of places. Spanning 50 years and moving fluidly between one war and the next, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.

Synopsis:

"Sacco brings the conflict down to the most human level, allowing us to imagine our way inside it, to make the desperation he discovers, in some small way, our own."—Los Angeles Times

Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle East conflict. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war.

In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in the daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, his unique visual journalism renders a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, Footnotes in Gaza—Sacco's most ambitious work to date—transforms a critical conflict of our age into intimate and immediate experience.

Synopsis:

From the great cartoonist-reporter, a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most vexed of places

Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts.

Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.

As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, Saccos unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza, his most ambitious work to date, transforms a critical conflict of our age into an intimate and immediate experience.

Joe Sacco, one of the worlds foremost cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Goražde, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazines best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harpers. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
An Eisner Award Winner
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
 
Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts.
 
Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, cartoonist-reporter Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.
 
As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, Saccos unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza transforms a critical conflict of this age into an intimate and immediate experience.

"Fascinating . . . the cartoonist is in top form throughout . . . A story soaked to the marrow with heartbreaking insights . . . One of the best long-form comics of this decade, and Saccos greatest work to date.”—The Comics Reporter
“Solid, old-fashioned war reporting . . . a superb way into the truth of events, understanding different sides and poking around in peoples minds and houses. Unlike a war photographer, Sacco always gets the best shot, perfectly framed, sometimes years after the event. Unlike a writer, he adds facial expressions to each statement. And unlike a film maker, he can slip between past and present without the jolt of costumed docudrama . . . I learned more about the Palestinians, war, the intifada and the best honey pastries in Gaza than I ever had from newspapers or television.”—The Times (UK)
 
“The first good news to report about the massive, fascinating new Footnotes in Gaza . . . is that the cartoonist is in top form throughout. If theres something that Joe Saccos done in a previous comic that youve liked or with which youve been impressed, then that same technique or approach is likely to be on display here in a comparable or more effective way . . . A story soaked to the marrow with heartbreaking insights . . . One of the best long-form comics of this decade, and Saccos greatest work to date.”—The Comics Reporter
 
“Joe Saccos brilliant, excruciating books of war reportage are potent territory . . . He shows how much that is crucial to our lives a book can hold.”—The New York Times Book Review

"Sacco first became curious about the extraordinary events of November 1956 when Harper's Magazine enlisted journalist Chris Hedges and Sacco to report on how Palestinians in Khan Younis were dealing with the Israeli occupation in 2001 . . . Footnotes to Gaza is a milestone of comics and journalism . . . Sacco's attention to detail in his drawing and his journalism is extraordinary . . . Footnotes in Gaza is energized by Sacco's relentless reporting, self-deprecating asides ('And thus begins the aggravating mismatch pitting hapless cartoonist against wily ex-guerrilla,') and the design sense that he brings to each of its 389 pages. The graphic investigation provides essential context for the bitterness that keeps Palestinians and Israelis at one another's throats. And it rescues the terrible events of November 1956 from the 'pile of obscurity' that is the final, silent resting place for the refugees who lack a champion and a voice."—Steve Duin, The Oregonian (Portland)

“Having already established his reputation as the worlds leading comics journalist, Sacco is now making a serious case to be considered one of the worlds top journalists, period. His newest undertaking is a bracing quest to uncover the truth about what happened in two Gaza Strip towns in 1956 . . . Saccos art is alternately epic and intimate, but its his exacting and harrowing interviews that make this book an invaluable and wrenching piece of journalism.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Joe Sacco, one of the world's foremost cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Gorazde, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazine's best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times magazine, Time, and Harper's. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Jonathan Sloves, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by Jonathan Sloves)
Joe Sacco's writing, reporting, and illustrations are individually compelling. Put 'em all together and you have great content. Part of his genius is that he takes you through the entire maze that he's gone down in collecting his information, including the dead-ends . . . and his reactions. Another part of his genius is giving you an close-up view of the Gaza Strip, which you just don't get from the general news coverage. Joe Sacco creates a very human face for those in Gaza. Please keep in mind that Joe Sacco is very sympathetic towards the denizens of Gaza, so he does not flatter the Israeli Army or politicians (this is an understatent).



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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805073478
Subtitle:
A Graphic Novel
Author:
Sacco, Joe
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Egypt History Intervention, 1956.
Subject:
Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1948-1967.
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
General History
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Middle East/Israel & Palestine
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20091222
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes illustrations throughout
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
10.50 x 7.75 in

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Product details 432 pages Metropolitan Books - English 9780805073478 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Joe Sacco brings a completely unique voice to journalism. He lives with those most under fire in the unending conflicts in Palestine and Bosnia, describing events through meticulous, painstaking cartooning. In Footnotes in Gaza, Sacco investigates a decades old incident that epitomized the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, a tragedy made relevant and current through remarkable storytelling.

"Review A Day" by , "Footnotes in Gaza is energized by Sacco's relentless reporting, self-deprecating asides ("And thus begins the aggravating mismatch pitting hapless cartoonist against wily ex-guerrilla,") and the design sense that he brings to each of its 389 pages. The graphic investigation provides essential context for the bitterness that keeps Palestinians and Israelis at one another's throats." (read the entire Oregonian review)
"Review" by , "Joe Sacco's brilliant, excruciating books of war reportage are potent territory.... He shows how much that is crucial to our lives a book can hold."
"Review" by , "Solid, old-fashioned war reporting... a superb way into the truth of events, understanding different sides and poking around in people’s minds and houses." (UK)
"Review" by , "A story soaked to the marrow with heartbreaking insights... One of the best long-form comics of this decade, and Sacco’s greatest work to date."
"Synopsis" by , From the great cartoonist-reporter comes a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most tormented of places. Spanning 50 years and moving fluidly between one war and the next, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.
"Synopsis" by , "Sacco brings the conflict down to the most human level, allowing us to imagine our way inside it, to make the desperation he discovers, in some small way, our own."—Los Angeles Times

Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle East conflict. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war.

In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in the daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, his unique visual journalism renders a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, Footnotes in Gaza—Sacco's most ambitious work to date—transforms a critical conflict of our age into intimate and immediate experience.

"Synopsis" by , From the great cartoonist-reporter, a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most vexed of places

Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts.

Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.

As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, Saccos unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza, his most ambitious work to date, transforms a critical conflict of our age into an intimate and immediate experience.

Joe Sacco, one of the worlds foremost cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Goražde, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazines best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harpers. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
An Eisner Award Winner
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
 
Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this bitterest of conflicts.
 
Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah—cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake—reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, cartoonist-reporter Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy.
 
As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, Saccos unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza transforms a critical conflict of this age into an intimate and immediate experience.

"Fascinating . . . the cartoonist is in top form throughout . . . A story soaked to the marrow with heartbreaking insights . . . One of the best long-form comics of this decade, and Saccos greatest work to date.”—The Comics Reporter
“Solid, old-fashioned war reporting . . . a superb way into the truth of events, understanding different sides and poking around in peoples minds and houses. Unlike a war photographer, Sacco always gets the best shot, perfectly framed, sometimes years after the event. Unlike a writer, he adds facial expressions to each statement. And unlike a film maker, he can slip between past and present without the jolt of costumed docudrama . . . I learned more about the Palestinians, war, the intifada and the best honey pastries in Gaza than I ever had from newspapers or television.”—The Times (UK)
 
“The first good news to report about the massive, fascinating new Footnotes in Gaza . . . is that the cartoonist is in top form throughout. If theres something that Joe Saccos done in a previous comic that youve liked or with which youve been impressed, then that same technique or approach is likely to be on display here in a comparable or more effective way . . . A story soaked to the marrow with heartbreaking insights . . . One of the best long-form comics of this decade, and Saccos greatest work to date.”—The Comics Reporter
 
“Joe Saccos brilliant, excruciating books of war reportage are potent territory . . . He shows how much that is crucial to our lives a book can hold.”—The New York Times Book Review

"Sacco first became curious about the extraordinary events of November 1956 when Harper's Magazine enlisted journalist Chris Hedges and Sacco to report on how Palestinians in Khan Younis were dealing with the Israeli occupation in 2001 . . . Footnotes to Gaza is a milestone of comics and journalism . . . Sacco's attention to detail in his drawing and his journalism is extraordinary . . . Footnotes in Gaza is energized by Sacco's relentless reporting, self-deprecating asides ('And thus begins the aggravating mismatch pitting hapless cartoonist against wily ex-guerrilla,') and the design sense that he brings to each of its 389 pages. The graphic investigation provides essential context for the bitterness that keeps Palestinians and Israelis at one another's throats. And it rescues the terrible events of November 1956 from the 'pile of obscurity' that is the final, silent resting place for the refugees who lack a champion and a voice."—Steve Duin, The Oregonian (Portland)

“Having already established his reputation as the worlds leading comics journalist, Sacco is now making a serious case to be considered one of the worlds top journalists, period. His newest undertaking is a bracing quest to uncover the truth about what happened in two Gaza Strip towns in 1956 . . . Saccos art is alternately epic and intimate, but its his exacting and harrowing interviews that make this book an invaluable and wrenching piece of journalism.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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