Footnotes in Gaza

Footnotes in Gaza

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780805073478
Characteristics: xi, 418 p. :,ill. ;,28 cm.


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informusical2 Apr 12, 2014

Ridenhour Prize winner.

Aaron_McGuire Jul 19, 2011

Powerful. Not only for the tragic events it depicts (Israeli Army massacres of Palestinian civilians in Khan Younis and Rafah in the 50s) but for the questions it raises about the ethics of investigation, storytelling and journalism.

sit_walk Mar 18, 2010

Footnotes in Gaza is the first graphic novel to win the Ridenhour Prize, awarded to writers who strive to "protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society." The book is also a finalist for the graphic novel LA Times Book Prize.

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