Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City


By (author) Guy Delisle, Translated by Helge Dascher

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  • Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 218mm x 38mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 24 April 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1770460713
  • ISBN 13: 9781770460713
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 33,895

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"Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerusalem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate."--Haaretz"Engaging...[ Delisle] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign residents."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review Guy Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of contemporary Jerusalem, utilizing the classic stranger in a strange land point of view that made his other books, "Pyongyang, Shenzhen, "and "Burma Chronicles" required reading for understanding what daily life is like in cities few are able to travel to. In "Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City," Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays. When observing the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim populations that call Jerusalem home, Delisle's drawn line is both sensitive and fair, assuming nothing and drawing everything. "Jerusalem" showcases once more Delisle's mastery of the travelogue.

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Author information

Guy Delisle spent a decade working in animation in Europe and Asia. In 2008-2009, he accompanied his wife, an administrator for Doctors Without Borders, on a yearlong posting in Jerusalem. He lives in the south of France with his wife and children.

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"[Delisle's books are] some of the most effective and fully realized travel writing out there." --NPR "Guy Delisle has entered the comics scene like a breath of fresh air." --Joe Sacco, "The National" "Delisle navigates politics and culture shock with a keen eye and gentle humor." --"Mother Jones" "[Delisle] puts everyone's triumphs, tragedies and (especially) foibles on full display. It's journalism the way journalism should be: readable, educational and, hopefully, transformative." --"Chicago Sun Times"