Fax from Sarajevo by Joe Kubert

Fax from Sarajevo

In 1945, we told the world, "Never again." In 1992, the promise was broken into bloody shards. That was the year the war broke out in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the year that genocide revisited the planet. It was the year that Ervin Rustemagic - an international businessman whose clients included author Joe Kubert - found himself and his family trapped in a city under siege. Ervin's only means of communication to the outside world was via his fax machine....

Details Fax from Sarajevo

TitleFax from Sarajevo
Release DateOct 27th, 1998
PublisherDark Horse Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, War, Nonfiction, History

Reviews Fax from Sarajevo

  • Jon Nakapalau
    War - up close and personnel. Joe Kubert is one the most underappreciated masters of the comic/graphic novel genre - this book is a masterpiece.
  • Mary Louise
    "In 1945, we told the world, 'Never again.' In 1992, we forgot our promise." This is a direct quote from the blurb inside the book jacket of this book. I went into reading this book knowing that the subject matter would be difficult, but I wasn't prepared for just how difficult it truly was. This book is devastatingly sad and horrifying. It is a graphic novel account of one family's struggle to survive in Sarajevo during the siege in the 1990s, b...
  • Apzmarshl
    This is a graphic novel based on faxes received by the author from a family trapped in Sarajevo. During the 1990's Serbs moved into this area and many others and began killing families, women and children for money. The Serbs were determined to claim the land and leave nothing standing.I wasn't sure I was going to like a graphic novel. I like to rip right through the book without giving my eyes a work out. I will admit though that the graphics re...
  • Outi
    An interesting reminder of the terrible things that happened in Europe only 20 years ago or so. I liked the photos and the faxes, Kubert's style of drawing I'm not so keen on. Artist Aino Sutinen has written about the book from a feminist point of view which I find very interesting since I noticed that the more I read Fax from Sarajevo the more it started to annoy me that all the wife did was cry and wallow after her husband and the kids. And the...
  • Solentiname
    I'd liked it better than the Joe Sacco books on the Bosnian war. It is always important to have the witness perspective. People should write so the others will always remember
  • Bob
    A close up view of life in Sarajevo during the siege. Brutal; as bad as anything that happened in WW-II. The Balkans have a long history of conflict and I want to learn much more about this.
  • A Man Called Ove
    3.5/5 How did the United Nations and the West not interfere to stop such brutalities on civilians ?As a child, I heard about the "Gulf War" in 1990 when the United States & co. (or UN) intervened when Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait. Subsequently a no. of novels were written featuring Saddam Hussein. How did this brutal war in Yugoslavia not find a place in fiction ?A year or so ago, I read Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-199...
  • Sarah Baker
    A conflict that’s nearly forgotten now, focusing on the struggles of one family. Horrifying and humanizing.
  • Martin Landa
    Most touching and sad comics I read recently, I seriously recommend it to everyone.
  • James
    This book should be considered essential reading in schools - the type of powerful story that triggers tears, frustration, and, ultimately hope in the strength of family and the human spirit. As the book jacket says, "In 1945, we told the world, 'Never again.' In 1992, we forgot our promise." The book is inspired by faxes artist and author Joe Kubert received when his friend and colleague Ervin Rustemagic and his family were trapped in Sarajevo d...
  • Richard
    Found Fax from Sarajevo recently while browsing at the library and thought the title looked interesting. I thought to myself "why would someone write a graphic novel about faxes from Sarajevo?" To my surprise Fax from Sarajevo is graphic novel about the siege of that city. To be perfectly honest, I know little about Yugoslavia except for Tito, the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, and that it 'broke apart' in the early 90s.Fax From Sarajevo is a raw and...
  • LALa
    Whether you like the artwork style and narration or not, this is an important read. I admit I didn't know much about what happened, mostly because I was a kid. I was only able to gather that it was something "horrible" we, the US, were eventually involved in and even there I'm still uncertain. While I read, it became more difficult seeing the dates knowing I was blissfully ignorant to this tragedy happening across the ocean, with little support f...
  • Illuminati8
    Fax from Sarajevo is supposed to be a moving tale about a family caught up in Sarajevo for about two and half years in the midst of the ongoing massacre, struggling to get out. Unfortunately, the book is not as powerful as the one liner suggests. This is by no means the problem of the story but rather the presentation.The art by Joe Kubert is completely unfit for the dark and desperate tale. The narration is not that good either. The characters a...
  • The Laughing Man
    The art style was a bit tiring for me but the story telling made it up, and that last part with actual photos was quite a touch. This book waited 20 years to get to me, found it in a second hand deal on Amazon purchased it immediately, turns out it was printed in 1998 and was in someones archive for a very long time until it was handed over to a secondhand dealer and there it waited for a very long time, I checked it from time to time waiting for...
  • Janet
    I was in middle school when the war broke out and only have foggy memories and a very vague understanding of the politics and true horrors that took place. The graphic novel format is gripping and Ervin’s story is undeniably powerful. I had a difficult time remembering that this wasn’t a comic-book hero but a real man with a real family who could have suffered devastatingly real consequences.
  • Rangarajan
    It's a realistic portrayal of the Bosnian conflict, which closely follows one family's story of escape. It's full of relentless suffering and constant reports of shelling and bombing. The focus is only on the family's escape. For some reason, it is not as gripping as it could have been.
  • Emma
    Upsetting and amazing. Why do people do these things to each other?!
  • Alycia
    "If someone was killing and massacring penguins the way Serbs are massacring Bosnian people, the world would have intervened." How true.
  • Tomas
    Well-written, well-drawn, emotional and honest.
  • Shivani Sharma
    This book served as my introduction to the "ethnic cleansing" that was inflicted upon Sarajevo in the 1990s. It is scarring; it is tragic; it is painful. I couldn't get myself to flip through the whole book in one quick go. It is very disheartening to see the world's response to something so ghastly -- as (or maybe more) ghastly than the Holocaust -- was so lacking in intensity. I wonder why these sad histories aren't spoken about more often, be ...
  • Jay
    I hate to admit it, but "Slobodan Milošević" is really the only thing I remember from the Siege of Sarajevo when it actually happened. And the only reason that name stuck with me is that I was a DJ at a campus radio station during that time and I never knew how to pronounce the guy's name. The events that are described in this book -- events that occurred during my lifetime -- are events I didn't even notice happening.I'm sure this book will be...
  • Skye Kilaen
    I almost didn't read this because the art style didn't immediately grab me. But I thought "Skye, this is important, you need to make it at least halfway through." So I did, and by then I had no doubts that I'd be recommending this comic. I lost track of how many times I started to cry while reading it, and I mean that in a complimentary way.During the siege of Sarajevo in 1992-93, Ervin Rustemagic and his family were trapped in the city. Rustemag...
  • Steven Reid
    1. Genre: Graphic Novel2. Summary: This book is based off a series of faxes sent by Ervin Rustemagic to the author, Joe Kubert, during the Serbian bombing of Sarajevo. It follows the experiences of Ervin and his family as they try to survive the destruction of their home by the Serbs.3a. Accuracy3b. Kubert tells this story with the help of his friend, Ervin Rustemagic, who lived through the atrocities of the Serbian destruction of Sarajevo. His s...
  • Elle Kay
    During the Bosnian War and more specifically the siege of Sarajevo, mass murder and genocide was occurring and the world mostly sat and watched. For those living in the war zone, life was hell on earth and this book takes actual faxes sent from Sarajevo and pairs this with the story of the siege in graphic format. The fax writer is Ervin Rustemagic and he has chronicled a terrible time in modern history in a unique way. His struggle to try to kee...
  • Andre
    I was a little disappointed with this comic about a man struggling through the early '90s Bosnian War in Sarajevo. Kubert's art is the high point but his storytelling chops are a little rocky. The story is told through the POV of Ervin Rustemagic and is accompanied with the real life faxes that Ervin sent to numerous people, Joe Kubert included. They never really enhance the story, serving only to recap what literally just happened and the story ...
  • Joe Baptist
    Unlike Safe Area Goradze, this story isn't drawn by someone who was there. This book is Kubert's gift to a friend and colleague - yes it's done in the same artistic style as Kubert used in his superhero and war books, but this isn't Sgt Rock, or even Enemy Ace.Unlike some of the others who have reviewed this book, I found that the story works well as told in an American comic style. This is the story of the Rustemagic family, but it's also the st...
  • James
    This book is a true story about a Bosnian family trapped in Sarajevo during the war with Serbia back in the early 1990's. Even though it is a fairly short book, it took a long time to read bacause it was pretty unpleasant. It is shocking to see the similarities between what Slobodan Milosevic and the Serbs were doing in the 90's and what was going on with the Nazis fifty years earlier. It is crazy that, once again, the world just kind of stood by...
  • Matthew Weymar
    I appreciated this book very much, but a little more context, beyond the lives of Kubert's friends, would have made it even better. E.g., he could have touched on events happening at the same time elsewhere in Bosnia - which he does only very briefly - as well as some of the political negotiations, such as they were, relating to the war. Kubert seems to rely almost exclusively on the faxes he and his friends received from their friend in Sarajevo...