Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar (ratheesh) wrote,
Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar
ratheesh

Palestine

Read the graphic novel Palestine by Joe Sacco, which is based on his two-months visit to Palestine during 1991-92.

The author traveled extensively through the refugee camps, living in the houses of Palestinians and having conversations with them about their life, hardships, experiences, political thoughts, and future aspirations, and the book is written from this perspective. It was interesting to see him portraying himself as someone who has just come over to gather material for his "magnum opus comic book" and then go back home, and I felt that this semi-satirical aspect of his self-portrayal adds a special touch to the entire narrative. Even though the book is on a grim topic, Joe Sacco also adds a touch of humor everywhere - like in his encounters with "tea and sugar".

The illustrations are brilliantly detailed - be it the large images of sludgy roads and slums, or the closeups of facial expressions of people.
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