Safe Area Gorazde

Safe Area Gorazde

Book - 2000
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The long awaited follow up to Palestine. Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995-1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories that are rarely found in conventional news coverage. Here Sacco focuses on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde, which was beseiged by Bosnian Serbs during the war. The book is strongly compared to the Pulitzer prize winner Maus, and advance praise rate it as one of the most important documents to emerge from the conflict as it portrays day to day life at the heart of these sad events.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2000
ISBN: 9781560973928
1560973927
Characteristics: ii, 227, [1] p. : ill

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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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