Footnotes in Gaza

By Joe Sacco.

I have never read anything like this – a graphic novel which is also political and researched. Joe Sacco lived in Gaza and interviewed hundreds of people about two atrocities which occurred in 1956. Alongside this we have the narrative of his research which encompasses the political situation at the time of writing. The resulting graphic novel is hugely impressive for its complexity, craft and documentary evidence. The drawings are superb and to Sacco’s credit he canvasses both sides of the story and highlights the problems with older memories as testimony. The result is a work in which his opinion is evident but one that points out issues in both sides. I now know so much more about this conflict. The plight of those victimised for generations is quite unbelievable.

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