Bye-Bye Babylon by Lamia Ziadé

Bye-Bye Babylon

Part artist's sketchbook, part travel notebook and part family album, Bye Bye Babylonis a unique graphic memoir, and an important visual record of a terrible war.


Details Bye-Bye Babylon

TitleBye-Bye Babylon
ISBN9781566568777
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2012
PublisherInterlink Graphic
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Cultural, Lebanon, Autobiography, Memoir, War, Comics, Comic Book, History
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Reviews Bye-Bye Babylon

  • Sara
    2017-02-26
    When the civil war broke out in Lebanon in 1975, Lamia Ziadé, the author, was just a little girl. When the clashes began, Beirut was hustling and bustling with cafes, cinemas, hotels, casinos, cabarets and beaches. The country was ‘the Switzerland of the Middle East’. I loved to see the colorful pictures that the author made of the objects that the little girl associates to those days. The graphic-novel is mainly an account of the first five...
  • Michelle Pegram
    2014-05-24
    Bye Bye Babylon is a graphic novel that shares the story of the author who was 1975 and living in Beirut, Lebanon when war broke out between multiple factions. Unique in its format when compared to other graphic novels, there are sections that are just images and then pages that are primarily text rather than panels including both. This images are raw and organic feeling and alternate between colorless and colorful. The text tells the story throu...
  • Iria
    2015-01-05
    "Bye Bye Babylon" è un graphic memoir sorprendente, un romanzo disegnato che parla della Beirut massacrata dalla guerra civile del 1975-1990. Un racconto autobiografico dell'autrice, Lamia Ziadé, che fonde i propri ricordi di bambina con le testimonianze del conflitto che ha tenuto in ostaggio il Libano per ben quindici anni. Aveva 7 anni quando è iniziata la guerra e 21 quando è terminata. Un album di famiglia, dove la famiglia è una nazion...
  • Sonic
    2012-12-04
    Pretty wonderful book outlining the horrors in Beirut in the 70's from the subjective perspective of a lucky little girl, or rather Lamia Ziade's memories from when she was a little girl. Filled with colorful (slightly amateurish, yet very strong) illustrations that help make this book, despite the horrific background of bloody revolution that sets the context of this book, Beautiful! The similar styles of art and layout reminded me of an America...
  • Graili
    2016-12-21
    This was a memoir, but it lacked so many personal details. Much of the time it felt like a vague synopsis of the war with one or two added anecdotes and some art. The art style was nice though.
  • Ahmed
    2018-03-10
    كتاب خفيف ، حميمي و شاعري جدا ، يتحدث بالروسومات و الشروح السلسة عن طفولة الكاتبة و عن ذكرياتها قبل الحرب و عن أول ٤ سنوات منها قبل رحيلها مع عائلتها إلى فرنسا..........استمعت جدا بروسوماته التي تقاطعت إلى حد كبير مع طفولتي........
  • Amanda
    2018-11-26
    There was a turning point. When Christian factions started blowing up other Christian factions.
  • Philip
    2018-07-25
    Nice sketches. Good introductory details on the factions and weapons. Uncritical narrative though.
  • Palimp
    2019-03-11
    A medio camino entre la novela gráfica o textos ilustrados da cuenta de las vivencias del autor en unos tiempos difíciles.
  • Giusy
    2012-11-25
    Bye Bye Babylon non è solo un romanzo, non è solo una cronaca, non solo un fumetto. Non è solo un racconto autobiografico ma tutto questo insieme, che a quanto pare si riassume nell’espressione graphic journalism.L’autrice Lamia Ziadé (Beirut, 1968) si è trasferita a Parigi all’età di 19 anni per studiare arte grafica. Fino ad allora ha vissuto a Beirut, nel Libano massacrato dalla guerra per ben quindici anni. Nel libro rivive i rico...
  • Zizi
    2017-10-08
    I really liked this little book. I don't feel comfortable calling it a "graphic novel", as it isn't one--don't go into this expecting it to be a Persepolis-like series of panels. Instead, I'd compare it to an annotated sketchbook. For example, one page has little sketches of flags, fighters, etc from different factions, with a brief blurb explaining who they are. The main gist of the story is that the author was a young girl from a fairly well-of...
  • Katie
    2012-04-16
    Bye-Bye Babylon caught my eye when it first came into the library, and I soon forgot about it. What first struck me about it was the beautiful, quickly-executed watercolor sketches that illustrate the story. This is not a typical graphic memoir. It's more illustrated. Lamia grew up in Beirut, came from a middle class family and was obsessed with the luxuries of American pop culture. In 1975, Beirut turned into a terrifying war zone, and her famil...
  • Valley Cottage Library
    2012-09-11
    Bye-Bye Babylon caught my eye when it first came into the library, and I soon forgot about it. What first struck me about it was the beautiful, quickly-executed watercolor sketches that illustrate the story. This is not a typical graphic memoir. It's more illustrated.Lamia grew up in Beirut, came from a middle class family and was obsessed with the luxuries of American pop culture. In 1975, Beirut turned into a terrifying war zone, and her family...
  • Randa
    2012-02-09
    I just finished reading this and loved it. In Maira Kalman-esque pictures, Ziade recreates the lost objects and places of her youth in newly war-torn Beirut, showing us the different military factions, the senseless destruction of buildings, culture, and human life. It's a gorgeous book, and a quick read. I've heard so many people say they will never understand the Lebanese Civil War. This book does for the Civil War what Persepolis did for Iran'...
  • Barry
    2013-03-03
    I liked the author's cute illustrations of western consumer goods, lethal ordnance and psychotic militants.I learned new information about Lebanese politics and history.The depictions of cruelty and destruction were heartbreaking for me. However I suspect they could be therapeutic for somebody who survived such an experience.
  • Brian
    2012-06-07
    I found this in a second hand book store in Paris. It is a curious mix of pictures and auto biography
  • Gretel
    2015-01-31
    Sorry, I just didn't like it. I feel as if the artwork is too juvenile and even sloppy in places. Also, the story is not very well told, and it contains infodumping.
  • Ekf
    2013-02-23
    Phenomenal. And beautiful to look at. Surprising and fresh; full of hard won wisdom and longing. You can read this (a kind of sketch book memoir) in a couple of hours.
  • Adrian
    2012-10-30
    To much paper for few naive graphics.
  • Abrar Alkhalifah
    2016-02-14
    Interesting, enjoyable, and informative.