Friday, January 15, 2010

Mike Suggests: Footnotes in Gaza

Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco

War journalist/graphic novelist Joe Sacco writes what may be considered his best story yet, about a series of mass killings in two towns in the Gaza Strip. Doing what he does so well, Sacco takes a nearly-forgotten story that has been relegated to a footnote in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and retells a chilling human story about the bleak depths of violence.

If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with Sacco's work, or you consider graphic novels to be kid's stuff, this will surely set you straight. Check out his other works: Palestine & Safe Area Gorazde are considered to be his other major works, and are eye-opening introductions to war-torn Palestine & Bosnia. War's End and The Fixer continue Sacco's explorations of Bosnia, which are shorter works and equally enlightening.

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