Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995Paperback
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- Publisher: Fantagraphics
- Format: Paperback | 200 pages
- Dimensions: 191mm x 252mm x 15mm | 544g
- Publication date: 17 January 2002
- Publication City/Country: Seattle
- ISBN 10: 1560974702
- ISBN 13: 9781560974703
- Illustrations note: Ill.
- Sales rank: 79,734
Praised by The New York Times, Brill's Content and Publishers Weekly, Safe Area Gorazde is the long-awaited and highly sought after 240-page look at war in the former Yugoslavia. Sacco (the critically-acclaimed author of Palestine) spent five months in Bosnia in 1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories that are rarely found in conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim-held enclave of Gorazde, which was besieged by Bosnian Serbs during the war. Sacco lived for a month in Gorazde, entering before the Muslims trapped inside had access to the outside world, electricity or running water. Safe Area Gorazde is Sacco's magnum opus and with it he is poised too become one of America's most noted journalists. The book features an introduction by Christopher Hitchens, political columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair.
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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.