Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95

Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95

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By (author) Joe Sacco, Introduction by Christopher Hitchens

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  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 236 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 256mm x 15mm | 554g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 022408089X
  • ISBN 13: 9780224080897
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 54,136

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In late 1995 and early 1996, cartoonist/reporter Joe Sacco travelled four times to Gorazde, a UN-designated safe area during the Bosnian War, which had teetered on the brink of obliteration for three and a half years. Still surrounded by Bosnian Serb forces, the mainly Muslim people of Gorazde had endured heavy attacks and severe privation to hang on to their town while the rest of Eastern Bosnia was brutally 'cleansed' of its non-Serb population. But as much as Safe Area Gorazde is an account of a terrible siege, it presents a snapshot of people who were slowly letting themselves believe that a war was ending and that they had survived. Since it was first published in 2000, Safe Area Gorazde has been recognized as one of the absolute classics of graphic non-fiction. We are delighted to publish it in the UK for the first time, to stand beside Joe Sacco's other books on the Cape list - Palestine, The Fixer and Notes from a Defeatist.

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Joe Sacco, one of the world's foremost cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. He is the author of Palestine, The Fixer, Notes from a Defeatist and Footnotes in Gaza, all published by Jonathan Cape.

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"Sacco has produced a work that improbably manages to combine rare insight into what the war in Bosnia felt like on the ground with a mature and nuanced political and historical understanding of the conflict... Of the myriad books that have appeared about Bosnia, few have told the truth more bravely than Sacco. He is an immense talent, from whom we will hear a great deal more" -- David Rieff New York Times Book Review "Harrowing and bleakly humorous, Sacco's account of life during the Balkan conflict is a timeless portrait of ordinary people caught in desperate circumstances. It's also a work of genius in an unlikely genre: journalism in comic book form" Utne Reader "Like Art Spiegelman's Maus, Sacco's book juxtaposes the pop style of comics with human tragedy, making the brutality of war all the more jarring" Time