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Palestine Paperback – December 17, 2001
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“Sacco uses the comic book format to its fullest extent, creating bold perspectives that any photojournalist would envy.”
- Utne Reader
“Sacco is a pioneer.”
- Journal of Palestinian Studies
“Based on his research, interviews, and personal experiences in Palastinian Occupied Territories in 1991 and 92, [Palestine] takes you there and gives you a first-hand account of the atrocities and suffering in the conflict with Israel. He gives you a close up visual rendering of the physical and emotional conditions of the people, who struggle daily for survival... Sacco has rendered the terrible conditions of life into a compelling and sympathetic artistic documentary. It is sad, but most good stories are sad... What’s better, his drawing is detailed and realistic, very approachable and interesting.”
- American in Auckland
About the Author
Joe Sacco lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of many acclaimed graphic novels, including Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, But I Like It, Notes from a Defeatist, The Fixer, War's End, and Footnotes in Gaza.
Edward W. Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature and of Kings College Cambridge, his celebrated works include Orientalism, The End of the Peace Process, Power, Politics and Culture, and the memoir Out of Place. He is also the editor, with Christopher Hitchens, of Blaming the Victims, published by Verso. He died in September 2003.
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Sacco shows us what everyday Palestinians experience through his interviews and his simple yet powerful drawings. It is not "propaganda" as some would suggest. It simply shows what people experience under the Israeli occupation.
It's unfortunate that the critics of this book go after Sacco (and the positive reviewers) because they love Israel or defend its right to exist. "Palestine" is mostly about what Israel has done to the Palestinian people. That is fact. It is equally factual that some Palestinians have committed horrendous acts of terrorism. To point out the former does not mean you defend the latter. To suggest it does is nothing less than childish arrogance.
My major beef with Sacco is his lack of aggressiveness on the issue women's rights and Islam. He gives us a few pages on the topic but these offer very little logic in showing what is ultimately a morally indefensible position - the subjugation of women for religious reasons.
Despite this one criticism, and despite the wishes of Sacco's critics, "Palestine" will likely stand the test of time. It's one of those books that will be read and talked about 50 years from now when, hopefully, the Palestinians and Israelis will both have their own peaceful homeland.
Although the journalistic content of "Palestine" is its primary value, it also stands on its own aesthetically. Sacco also writes well and the narrative flows smoothly from one part of his journey to another.
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