Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel Paperback – October 12, 2010 by Joe Sacco (Metropolitan Books)
Sacco brings the conflict down to the most human level, allowing us to imagine our way inside it, to make the desperation he discovers, in some small way, our own."âLos Angeles Times
Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle East conflict. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafahâcold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistakeâreveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war.
In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in the daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. As in Palestine and Safe Area GoraÅ¾de, his unique visual journalism renders a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, Footnotes in GazaâSacco's most ambitious work to dateâtransforms a critical conflict of our age into intimate and immediate experience.