Chroniques de Jérusalem by Guy Delisle

Chroniques de Jérusalem

Guy Delisle et sa famille s’installent pour une année à Jérusalem. Pas évident de se repérer dans cette ville aux multiples visages, animée par les passions et les conflits depuis près de 4000 ans. Audétour d’une ruelle, à la sortie d’un lieu saint, à la terrasse d’un café, le dessinateur laisse éclater des questions fondamentales et nous fait découvrir un Jérusalem comme on ne l’a jamais vu.

Details Chroniques de Jérusalem

TitleChroniques de Jérusalem
Release DateNov 16th, 2011
PublisherÉditions Delcourt
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Nonfiction, Travel, Bande Dessinée, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Chroniques de Jérusalem

  • Paul Bryant
    I love these graphic autobiographers and their concentration on the miniscule humdrum realities of their ordinary lives. ( On Thursday I tried to find a playgroup for my kids. On Friday I went to this really dull party.) I would buy all of them, every one, except that these are the least value-for-money books ever, they're always really pricey and you can read them in a couple of hours. But they're soooo nice.This one is an account of a year as a...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Guy Delisle has moved around a lot with his animation job and nearly each place he goes, he leaves us his impressions and experiences in a comic book. Chronicles of Jerusalem is his 3rd and is a wonderful and pertinent tale of his experiences working in that crucial and controversial city. The artwork is beautifully understated and the storyline captivating and compelling. I really enjoyed this one.
  • Aaron
    This book would be more accurately titled "a bunch of random journal entries by an Ugly American in East Jerusalem." Delisle spends a year in East Jerusalem with his girlfriend and their children while she works for Doctors without Borders. The book is his travelogue of that time, but Delisle manages to spend a year in an incredibly diverse and vibrant city and not be changed in the least by it. He shows contempt for almost everyone he meets and ...
  • Trish
    This is an appropriate time to take another look at Jerusalem, and Guy Delisle’s book can explain to you the in and outs of what U.S. President Trump is seeing while he is visiting.Guy Delisle is a graphic artist who accompanies his wife, a Médecins Sans Frontières physician, to hotspots around the world. While in the past he has been able to work as an artist while overseas on assignment, every posting is different, and the one in Jerusalem ...
  • Orsodimondo
    BREAKING THE SILENCELa prima cosa che colpisce in Guy Delisle è l’altezza dello sguardo: altezza strada – o, forse, come direbbe lui, altezza asfalto.E’ il punto di vista dell’uomo qualunque, del visitatore occasionale: solo in apparenza però - perché in realtà, è uno sguardo ben diverso da chi va in giro per il mondo con una guida Lonely Planet in mano. E’ in questa specie di contraddizione che risiede l’essenza della sua arte, ...
  • Didi
    This graphic novel is about a man who narrates his time living in Israel. He follows his wife over who is a doctor with MSF(Médecins sans Frontières = Doctors without Borders) This man basically becomes the house husband taking care of the kids and the house, while trying to go out and draw what he sees around him in this country full of complexities and paradoxes. This graphic novel will have you laughing, shaking your head, and reflecting ove...
  • Kamil
    I started this book over a year ago and put it back on shelf... don't know why. For me it was a great reminder of why I find Israel and Palestine so fascinating and scary as well. If you're in need of easy but very informative introduction to life/history of Israel and Palestine, pick it up. It's served with a bit of humour and even the most drastic elements are left to imagination rather than exhibitionistically display on pages... Great and ver...
  • Xandra
    If you had asked me last year what I wanted from the graphic novel world I would have said: a more colorful Guy Delisle travelogue. And here it is! A fantastic book with more color, more humour and more depth than his previous ones and unlike most graphic novels, I didn’t feel like it went by too fast or that it wasn’t worth the money. It left me with a feeling of completion and the satisfaction that I got a solid and visually appealing accou...
  • Louise
    Guy Delisle spent a year in East Jerusalem and found it nerve wracking and infuriating. Because he lived in the Muslim quarter, buses that serve Jewish communities will not go there and routes aren’t connected. Road blocks and check points add to the difficulty of getting around. Water, garbage collection and electrical services are not reliable; They are fine in other areas despite the equal taxes paid by all residents.Delise notes the unusual...
  • Greta
    "Thank you God that I'm an atheist". That's what Guy Delisle thinks when he witnesses the spectacle of the religions in the region of Jerusalem. His character in the book is a rather silly guy. At least, he wants you to think he's an idiot who is surprised with everything and everyone he encounters in this Holy Land. His observations are down-to-earthish and unjudgmental. He's like a curious child discovering new things, asking a lot of questions...
  • Julie Ehlers
    I’m not gonna lie to you, my high-school education in history and current events was really terrible, and then I went off to college where the professors kind of expected you to already know what had happened and when, and I just kind of faked my way through my two required courses and left it all behind. So now, of course, I’m always playing catch-up, trying to stuff as many facts as possible into my aging brain. When it comes to the whole I...
  • Chava
    I read the book in English. My kids read it, and they thought it was weird, mostly because they couldn't understand why he was living in Bet Hanina when he kept complaining about living there. For me, a recent immigrant to Israel with strong opinions about what goes on here, it was good to see a different perspective on "the situation," and it emphasized that things are not black and white, to the point where he does not want to shop in the store...
  • Brent
    The cartoonist author, Delisle, spends a year in East Jerusalem with his girlfriend and their children while she works for Doctors without Borders. The book is his travelogue of that time, but Delisle manages to spend a year in an incredibly diverse and vibrant city and not be changed in the least by it. He shows contempt for almost everyone he meets and seems continually surprised when things are different from a more secular international city....
  • Ferdy
    Spoilers-Disappointing, but not without merit. I was expecting something more emotional, thought provoking and impactful but sadly that wasn't the case — mainly because the author/illustrator/narrator (Guy Delisle) was an utterly charmless character who didn't seem to care about anything but his own little problems.-I only picked this up because I wanted to know more about Jerusalem and Palestine. I thought a graphic novel would be a quick and ...
  • Marsha Altman
    Such a well-traveled author should have known better than to portray Muslim women as ridiculous prudes and Hasidim as monkeys. Extremely disappointed in a formerly favorite author.
  • Eva
    Beautifully drawn, well-observed travelogue from Delisle who details his year spent in Jerusalem. If you've read his other travelogues, you will know what to expect - but Jerusalem goes further - a step up in the quality of drawing, writing and anecdote material.Drawing upon a year's experience of Jerusalem life, it would have been easy for Delisle to have used the political as the narrative for this travelogue - but that is not his style, instea...
  • Diane
    This is another excellent graphic travelogue from Guy Delisle. He and his family spent a year living in Jerusalem while his wife worked for Doctors Without Borders. I liked seeing his drawings from the region, and he did a nice job explaining the history of each site he visited. Delisle says early on that he isn't religious, so he has an outsider's perspective of the ongoing conflict. At times he gets disgusted by the violence and the never-endin...
  • Sam Quixote
    Guy Delisle travels to Jerusalem with his partner and their two kids for a year. His partner is an administrator for "Doctors Without Borders" and Delisle spends the year working on his comics, looking after the kids, and exploring/trying to understand the city of Jerusalem and its peoples.If you've read Delisle's work before you'll know he goes to hard-to-reach places and reports on his time there (North Korea, China, Burma) and that the resulti...
  • Erik
    I fell in love with Guy Delisle and his style when I first read "The Burma Chronicles." After that I had to read absolutely everything I could get my hands on of his. Though I'm not a huge fan of his "Albert and the Others" style, his graphic novel travelogues are nothing short of brilliant. They are funny, charming, disturbing, and thought-provoking all at once. As a warning, this isn't that much of a solid through-line, other than the chronolog...
  • Mark Schlatter
    An amazing read.Now, I've been a big fan of Guy Delisle travel graphic novels for some time, but this one kicks it up a notch. Guy and his family spend a year in East Jerusalem as his wife works for Medicine Sans Frontieres. There are still the vignettes of family life and the trials of adapting to a new culture, but an overwhelming theme is one of separateness. Delisle not only shows the separated nature of Israel and Palestine (through coverage...
  • Elizabeth A
    I'll start this review by saying that as a kid growing up in Kenya, I was very pro-Palestinian. As an adult I consulted with a tech company in Tel Aviv over the course of eighteen months or so, and visited Israel a total of five times. It took me actually being on the ground to realize the complexity of the situation, and the atrocities committed by all sides made uncomplicated opinions a relic from my childhood.The author is an artist and stay-a...
  • Etienne
    Excellent comme toujours avec Delisle! Un roman graphique qui raconte une année de sa vie passé à Jérusalem. Entre anecdotes de tous les jours et réflexion scoliologiques/politiques sur la situation de ce coin du monde. J'ai appris certaines choses et cela permet, à un certain point, de comprendre ou plutôt d'aborder le conflit israelo-palestinien. Un roman graphique dense et riche en contenu et avec un côté plus ludique également. J'ai...
  • Jonathan Funk
    Guy Delisle has an uncanny ability to capture those small moments that we tend to take for granted.In the very first scene (flight to Israel), a stranger on the airplane provides some unprompted comfort to Guy's child, and winds up casually engaging the youngster for the duration of the flight. In the grand scheme of things this is just a brief intersection of lives that will never touch again, and yet touch they did. Each character having a smal...
  • Kumar Anshul
    Guy Delisle is a famous graphic travelogue artist and after covering Burma (Myanmar), North Korea and China, the ancient city of Jerusalem is his latest project. He visits Jerusalem with his girlfriend (who is working for Doctors without borders) and children and has written an enriching account of the daily humdrum of lives in the mystical city that stands at the crossroads of three abrahamic religion- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The tone o...
  • LeeAnne
    This book is disturbingly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. The author makes zero effort to learn about his host country's rich culture and history. He shows contempt for Israel and seems continually shocked when things in Israel are different from his hometown. He simply shrugs with apathy as helpless dog is chained up in a cage for days and probably abused by one of his neighbors. When the author learns about the thousands of deadly rockets Ham...
  • Emily May
    Definitely much lighter than Sacco's Palestine. Delisle approaches this book about Israel/Palestine as more of a tourist than a journalist, casually observing and recording his observations in a lighthearted, sometimes funny, manner. It doesn't contain as much depth as Palestine, but I suppose it presents a more balanced view of the conflict and showcases what everyday life is like for foreign residents.The artwork is simpler, too, though this is...
  • Juan Carlos
    Cuando su mujer, integrante de Médicos Sin Fronteras, es destinada a Israel, Guy pasa un año en Jerusalén. En esta obra nos cuenta sus vivencias e impresiones sobre su estancia allí, la situación de palestinos e israelís, el conflicto de Gaza, la convivencia de multitud de religiones y su rivalidad...todo con un estilo muy natural y pequeñas dosis de humor con lo que aprendas cómo es vivir allí sin grandes testamentos de datos o historia...
  • piperitapitta
    Gerusalemme (ma anche Israele-Palestina-Cisgiordania-Striscia-di-Gaza-Alture-del-Golan) for dummies.…E quando nell'ultimo disegno in campo scuro vedi l'aereo decollare e riportare Delisle e la moglie Nadège (in missione con Medici Senza Frontiere) e le loro due bambine, a casa dopo aver trascorso un anno a Gerusalemme Est, non puoi far altro che pensare a quanto sarebbe stato bello se Guy Delisle fosse potuto rimanere là ancora per un po'; al...
  • Justin
    I found this book - or, more truthfully, it found me - in the library at the school where I teach. It jumped out at me in a way that led me to believe that it had been purposefully put on display, but then when I asked our (absurdly knowledgeable) librarian about it, she wasn't even familiar with the title...I am writing this review not having read any of the Goodreads reviews, AND not knowing anything about Delisle or his work, although I gather...
  • Tom LA
    5 stars to the quality of the drawings: beautiful, minimalistic vignettes, a confident trait, efficient coloring and page structures. 2 stars to the Italian translators: poor translation + many misspellings.1 star to the content: I was already familiar with Delisle's superficiality, and to me that is a problem in itself. But beyond that, unfortunately he fails at trying to provide an "open minded" and "fairly balanced" account of the social and p...