Safe Area Gorazde

Safe Area Gorazde

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Baker & Taylor
Comic strips reveal the lives of those living in the Muslim enclave of Gorazde during the Bosian war, describing how they survived Serbian attacks that left them without access to the outside world, electricity, or running water.

Norton Pub
Praised by The New York Times, Brill's Content and Publishers Weekly, Safe Area Gorazdeis the long-awaited and highly sought after 240-page look at war in theformer Yugoslavia. Sacco (the critically-acclaimed author of Palestine)spent five months in Bosnia in 1996, immersing himself in the humanside of life during wartime, researching stories that are rarely foundin conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim-heldenclave of Gorazde, which was besieged by Bosnian Serbs during the war.Sacco lived for a month in Gorazde, entering before the Muslims trappedinside had access to the outside world, electricity or running water. Safe Area Gorazdeis Sacco's magnum opus and with it he is poised too become one ofAmerica's most noted journalists. The book features an introduction byChristopher Hitchens, political columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair.

Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781560973928
1560973927
Characteristics: ii, 227 p. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm

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ryner
Feb 18, 2017

In late 1995, only a month after the Bosnian War's official cease-fire, cartoonist Joe Sacco successfully navigated United Nations red tape, obtained a press pass and hopped aboard an armored vehicle to the besieged town of Goražde. Wanting more than simply to collect interviews and photo opportunities, Sacco embedded himself in the community, gaining the trust of residents and refugees alike, even forming some close friendships. Their horrifying experiences and misery are illustrated here in disquieting detail.

Safe Area Goražde is a phenomenal and unforgettable read. Prior to reading, I'd had only a vague understanding of the conflict and the players involved -- now I'm certain I'll never forget.

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briznack
May 15, 2014

One of the best nonfiction graphic novels I've read.

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laura_m
Jan 22, 2012

A very interesting and compelling graphic novel that describes the intense war in Bosnia. Sacco tactfully inserts himself into the narrative, bringing you closer to the people whose lives have been devastated. The hand-drawn illustrations are remarkably lifelike.

This graphic novel would be appropriate for anyone wishing to understand the events leading up to and including the conflict in Bosnia and the fallout from the former Yugoslavia.

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