Palestine by Joe Sacco


Prior to Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995—Joe Sacco's breakthrough novel of graphic journalism—the acclaimed author was best known for Palestine, a two-volume graphic novel that won an American Book Award in 1996.Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present the first single-volume collection of this landmark of journalism and the art form of comics.Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank a...

Details Palestine

Release DateDec 17th, 2001
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Nonfiction, History, Politics

Reviews Palestine

  • Jan Philipzig
    Old-School JournalismOver the past few decades, journalism has lost much of its credibility and almost all of its punch. Shallow, commercially-minded infotainment dominates, feeding us the "blue pill" (in Matrix terms) that makes us forget all those unpleasant realities out there. Why would media conglomerates fund costly in-depth research when a fluffy little human interest story not only feels better but is also much better for the bottom line?...
  • Miina
    I had a hard time getting through this graphic novel. It was a tough read due to the subject matter. I also wasn't fond of the art on a personal level.I did immensely appreciate Joe Sacco's motivation for writing this graphic novel. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Joe Sacco said:"I grew up thinking of Palestinians as terrorists, and it took a lot of time, and reading the right things, to understand the power dynamic in the Middle East was not wh...
  • Oriana
    book two for Jugs & Capes, my all-girl graphic novel book club!Whew. This is a really, really devastating book. Part of the problem (and obviously part of the point) is that it is relentlessly awful, with story after story after story of death, destruction, skirmishes with soldiers, dead sons, dead husbands, maimed daughters, displacement, oppression, poverty, and pain. It's so painful, horribly, that I actually started to get a little jaded; or ...
  • Karyl
    We in the States are always told that we have to support the Israelis. Remember what the Jews have endured with the Holocaust! Why didn't we stop Hitler (there are always those that insist we had the chance)?? We need to make it up to the Jews! They need to have their own homeland as reparation for their terrible suffering!Yes, the Jews suffered terrible things. It was awful and horrific, and I hope with every fiber of my being that something lik...
  • Mona
    Palestine first appeared as a series of nine comic books, but is collected here in a special edition that also includes a foreword by the late Edward Said and an introduction by the author. Sacco writes that he was compelled to visit the Palestinian territories for two main reasons. First, he realized that the taxpayer dollars he paid as an American were being spent in financial aid to Israel, perpetuating the occupation. Second, after pursuing a...
  • Emily May
    They destroyed everything. There is no sign that we ever lived there. This was good. Interesting use of "graphic journalism". A little bit of preaching to the choir in my case as I'm already pretty sympathetic to the Palestinians and aware of the abhorrent treatment they have received in the last several decades, but a must-read for the Americans and Europeans who only get the pro-Israeli stance on the issue. For a graphic novel, it's quite word-...
  • Roberto
    Una polverieraSiamo abbastanza abituati ad associare la questione palestinese all'immagine di qualcuno che si fa esplodere in un autobus o in un mercato in mezzo a tranquilli e ignari israeliani.Purtroppo le cose non sono così semplici e definite.E' mia ignoranza oppure i media ci trasmettono una informazione parziale?Joe Sacco cercò di approfondire la situazione andando nei territori occupati verso la fine del 1991, intervistando persone e viv...
  • Dan
    pretty much a masterpiece on every possible level. first off, because sacco wisely lets the people he encounters do the talking. it's a warts-and-all first person account of people's lives in palestine, and almost all embellishments and social commentaries come from the mouths of the people he talks to, rather than from things he learned reading edward said or the same time, he allows his own story to weave throughout. we are privvy t...
  • Anne
    For the love of God everyone needs to read this book. Americans are so ignorant when it comes to the struggles of the Isralies and Palestinians. THis is something we need to know about and Sacco presents it in a real person to person manner that will leave shocked and horrified, as you should be. If more people read this book the world would be a better place, because people would have to stand up and fight!
  • Ken-ichi
    Joe Sacco is a comics journalist, or as he describes himself in this book, an "action cartoonist," entering areas of political turmoil to make documentary comics. Despite some occasional dips into free-wheeling personal anecdote reminiscent of Kerouac or Crumb, Sacco is predominantly a documentarian, not terribly concerned with narrative, but more focused on recounting the individual stories of the people he interviews. And there are a lot of int...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    - art work was not my kind of art.- important non fiction read- author does give his own opinions (eg: about wearing hijab) but he also mentions views of those supporting and opposing his views.- even though this is a graphic novel (non fiction), it does not undermine the tragedies happening in Palestine. Every page is a shocking read.
  • Huda AbuKhoti
    Palestine is a one of a kind graphic novel, at least to me. This is the first book I've read for Joe Sacco and I loved it!This book takes place between 1991 and 1992 in several Palestinian cities, Cairo and Tel Aviv from the Israeli side. The main focal point of the book was showing the occupied land's people point of view of the story, because in the west this other side of the story is pretty much invisible. The art style was really amazing, al...
  • Tosh
    Superb book by Joe Sacco, regarding his journalistic cartooning and narration on the stories that are located in Palestine. It's a subject matter that I have avoided for a long time now. Due to the fact that Israel has close ties to the American culture and the feverish defense and anger towards that country. It is better to look away. Luckily, Sacco doesn't turn his head around, and here we get an interview after interview of Palatine dwellers a...
  • Veeral
    Joe Sacco delivers a scathing piece of comic-journalism with Palestine. The Arab side of the story is fully ignored by the Western media since, well, the beginning of the conflict.The treatment inflicted upon the Arab refugees is horrendous, but the Western media is never going to acknowledge it. They come and kick you out of your home. There are almost no Arab youngsters above 16 years of age who have not received a jail term. The soldiers can h...
  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    Un reportaje periodístico totalmente subjetivo, cargado de un sarcasmo brutal que llega a resultar incómodo. Sacco busca respuestas para el conflicto israelí-palestino centrándose en la tragedia de los refugiados y la penosa vida que llevan, habla de vejaciones, injusticias, tortura y muerte. Cuenta lo que vio y recoge testimonios de primera mano.Es una novela gráfica impresionante, tan solo echo en falta el punto de vista de los israelíes.
  • Shaimaa Ali
    Sacco is really raising the bar for any other so-called: Comics!This is a real Master Piece!! Not an ordinary Comic that you are going to forget once you turn over its last page! With the eyes of a foreigner, Sacco illustrated what he saw in Occupied Palestine. His illustrations spoke a thousand words besides his commentary on the plot. It was so real that I felt when I'll raise my head from the book I'll find those characters moving in front of ...
  • Georgina Koutrouditsou
    Εξαιρετικό,δυνατό,αληθινό!Δεν μοιάζει με κανένα GN που κυκλοφορεί εκεί έξω..ίσως 2ο καλύτερο από το "Χαιρετίσματα από τη Σερβία".Ο Joe Sacco μας γνωρίζει την Παλαιστίνη έτσι όπως δεν θα το κάνει κανένα ειδησεογραφικό κανάλι..Οι ασπρόμαυρες εικόνες του ε...
  • Maryam AlNasser
    it's so sad that 20 years after this book was written, the circumstances are still the same.
  • yasmine skalli
    this hurt my heart. not enough people are aware of Palestine’s situation.
  • Carolyn
    How do you say you have enjoyed a book that is filled with heartache, abuse, violence, inhumanities against your fellow man? I can however say I am richer for having read this. But, how do you know if what you have read is accurate without having lived it? Fortunately this is a biographical experience for the artist and so presumably it is an accurate presentation as he perceives his experiences in Palestine.Reading this you are inundated with ha...
  • Pink
    I wanted to rate this higher, but I'm a harsh critic with my books lately and ultimately it was more of a 'like' than a 'really like'. This book just didn't hit me like I wanted and if I'm honest, I felt slightly underwhelmed by the end. The artwork looked good, with nice varying layout styles, but it was nothing amazing to my graphic novel novice eyes. I really enjoyed the subject matter and reading about Palestinians lives, but there was someth...
  • Nura Yusof
    There's plenty of literature out there that talks about the many injustices imposed on the Palestinians by the Israelis. This book is another but with a difference. This time it comes in comic book form.Is it one-sided? I would think so. Being a Muslim, I can empathise with what the Palestinians are going through which is basically a real estate dispute with a lot of violence thrown in. But one has to admit, the book is very heavily sympathetic t...
  • Trish
    Well. I think this should be required reading in high school. It's cool (graphic novel), it's controversial (not everyone is interested in the Palestinian side), and it's informative (I defy anyone to look at the pictures and say you knew this--and walked away without saying anything). Whatever you believe about the Israel-Palestine question, this is a book that will challenge your powers of argument. Quite apart from the situation on the ground ...
  • Arvind
    A human, moving picture of Palestine in the early 90s. Diametrically the opposite view of Leon Uris's "The Haj" or modern thrillers in which Palestinians r usually depicted as evil. And thus, while it provides a view from the other side portraying Jews as evil, I remain sceptical. Also, reminded me of Basharat Peer's "Curfewed Night" on Kashmir (also loosely filmed as Haider) which I know told a partisan story.But, worth a read since a neutral pe...
  • Anita Nasr
    I had no idea the comic book format would provide such a perfect means to tell this story. Joe Sacco’s approach is genius.
  • Nour
    the best comic book I've ever read!
  • Kristina
    Ένα από τα (αν όχι το πιο) σημαντικό graphic novel που θα διαβάσετε ποτέ.
  • Laura
    Am I know responsible for what I learned? And if so, what do I do? I feel that way a lot after finishing a heavy book. Now what?It's hard to transition back to the world around me after being so immersed in a book like this. I have to blink a few times when I look up from the integrated text and pictures that tell this story of refugee Palestinians to remind myself where I am, that I am in America in a house I own where my kids are safe and the s...
  • Farhana
    Apart from Spiegelman's "Maus" this comic covers another serious topic. The book's best review is written by Edward Said as his Homage to writer Joe Sacco. There's no attempt to smooth out the meager, uncertain existence, collective unhappiness, and deprivation of the beings. This comic depicts a life of aimless wandering within inhospitable environment and mostly waiting. The images are more graphic. Joe has been a watchful listener, often skept...
  • Malcolm
    The graphic novel has now reached a state of widespread acceptance as a literary form, but graphic non-fiction, also known as ‘comics journalism’ has a long way to go before it is seen as a credible format. Even the label ‘comics journalism’ seems oxymoronic, and in many settings ‘graphic non-fiction’ is limited to little more than editorial cartoons and public service or politically (and occasional other) pedagogic forms of publicati...