Palestine by Joe SaccoPrior to Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995—Joe Saccos breakthrough novel of graphic journalism—the acclaimed author was best known for Palestine, a two-volume graphic novel that won an American Book Award in 1996.
Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present the first single-volume collection of this landmark of journalism and the art form of comics.
Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical nonfiction by Sacco, whose name has since become synonymous with this graphic form of New Journalism. Like Safe Area Gorazde, Palestine has been favorably compared to Art Spiegelmans Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus for its ability to brilliantly navigate such socially and politically sensitive subject matter within the confines of the comic book medium.
Sacco has often been called the first comic book journalist, and he is certainly the best. This edition of Palestine also features an introduction from renowned author, critic, and historian Edward Said (Peace and Its Discontents and The Question of Palestine), one of the worlds most respected authorities on the Middle Eastern conflict.
Eyewitness in Gaza
If the mention of comic books still calls to mind images of caped crusaders and anthropomorphic mice, the graphic front-line reportage of Joe Sacco should upend your preconceptions. While the comic-book form typically deals with fantasy of a lurid and questionable kind, Sacco's cartoons address the extremes of an altogether different world - our own. With a degree in journalism and a background that spans teaching at New York's School of Visual Arts, editing, publishing and a brief spell drawing Maltese romance cartoons, Sacco is perhaps an unlikely star of war-zone reporting. Yet his time is spent exploring the planet's hellholes and his work has even been championed in the Economist, a magazine not previously known for its interest in comics. Art Spiegelman, creator of the Pulitzer-winning Holocaust comic, Maus, hailed Sacco's work as the vanguard of journalism, announcing: 'In a world where Photoshop has outed the photograph as a liar, one can now allow artists to return to their original function - as reporters. Sacco's eyewitness illustrations have attracted attention far beyond the twilight realm of the comic book and graphic novel. Published in , his first major project was Safe Area Gorazde, an unnerving first-hand account of the war in eastern Bosnia.
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Palestine is a non-fiction graphic novel written and drawn by Joe Sacco about his experiences in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in December and January Sacco's portrayal of the situation emphasizes the history and plight of the Palestinian people , as a group and as individuals. The complete graphic novel, published in by Fantagraphics Books ,  collects nine issues of Sacco's Palestine comic book , published by Fantagraphics from to ; the single volume edition includes an introduction by Edward Said. In , Fantagraphics had released a two-part collection of the series — Palestine, a Nation Occupied collecting Palestine and Palestine: In the Gaza Strip collecting issues Sacco spent this time meeting with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the narrative focuses on the minute details of everyday life in these area.