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, 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.
Take a Look Inside Footnotes in Gaza
Armed with a list of names, three men--including the author (shown wearing glasses)--walk through the alleys of a refugee camp in Gaza to find relatives of the victims.
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an amazing book. drawings and text. vivid description of the hellhole that is GazaPublished 3 months ago by Esti Marpet
Havent read this yet in its entirety but it is pretty intense and so the graphic aspect of it makes the messages, story line, and facts more palpable and understandable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by chanel
This is a work of genius in which Sacco's brilliant drawing brings the reader into a place which is difficult and dangerous to penetrate but often in the news. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barry A. Klinger
This book is full of anti Israel propaganda together with lies and hate. The author is out of mind by showing his bias and how good things are in Israel while palestinians are... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alejandro Staroselski
Joe Sacco is a creative force in the world, putting himself deep into conflict situations (Bosnia, Palestine), doing extensive research, and then documenting his investigations in... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Osbert Ponder
I don't hate the book, I love it, but the seller sold me an advance reader's copy without saying so, and covered up the line that says "not for sale, advance reader's copy"... Read morePublished 17 months ago by dctphoto
In the spring of 2001 war-reportage comics pioneer Joe Sacco was in the Gaza Strip with journalist Chris Hedges working on an assignment for Harper's magazine. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Erin Britton
It's difficult to critique a book about such a contentious area, especially when the book is not meant to be an academic treatment of its subject. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by JOHN O'DONNELL