Veronica Horwell is drawn in by Joe Sacco’s graphic depiction of a Bosnian enclave during the war, Safe Area Gorazde. In , comics artist and journalist Sacco (Palestine) rode in a supply convoy into the U.N.-designated safe area of Gorazde, a small Bosnian Muslim town. In late and early , cartoonist/reporter Joe Sacco travelled four times to Gorazde, a UN-designated safe area during the Bosnian War.

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It is part history, part travelogue, and part war journalism all wrapped up into a graphic novel.

But I’ve found that teachers are much sacdo at that these days, and have seen English teachers, for example, use story boards graphic novel interpretations as ways for students to interpret books they’ve read, like A Thousand Splendid Suns. Serbia comes across as the clear “bad guy” in this war, and yet all sides of the conflict were committing atrocities.

His knowledge of English has also meant work for the local UN military detachment. Namun untung saja perang itu telah selesai.

Since it was first published inSafe Area Gorazde has been recognized as one of the absolute classics of graphic non-fiction. Ethnic cleansing, torture, and rape seem like strange subjects for a graphic novel, yet somehow Dari balik jendela di tengah malam, ada pemandangan ratusan orang yang dikumpulkan dan disembelih satu per satu lalu mayat mereka dilempar dari atas jembatan.

His opinions are reflected more in the selection of the material than in its presentation.


Much has changed within a year. Food supplies airlifted by U.

Gorazfe own snow trek up to Grebak is slotted into his prolonged narrative of how he and Gorazde fared from the end of peace in to Augustwhen British peacekeepers evacuated the town, leaving their camp to be scavenged by the townsfolk, who believed themselves doomed by the desertion: It’s hard to keep all the different groups straight in my head, though I think re-reading it would help.


This is harrowing, devastating, admirable comics, by one of the greatest ever, doing great work, showing what comics are capable of doing for the world, through political journalism. Sebagian dari populasinya adalah Muslim dan telah lama sebelumnya hidup berdampingan dengan orang-orang Serbia sampai akhirnya perang mengguratkan garis pemisah yang sangat jelas di antara keduanya. Sacco earned his B. This should be widely read.

Review: Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco | Books | The Guardian

Helplessly, they witnessed the British contingent stationed there pull out. He now must get used to everything. The art is gritty and violent, and does not shy away from showing all of the horrors of war and genocide.

They leave him battered in the street, driving away with a group of other Muslims: The blunt and matter-of-fact descriptions of eyewitness accounts of the horrors at Srebrenica and other places are a contrast to what is happening on the page, because although the words are shocking themselves, with stories of children and entire families being murdered, the image that accompanies these words truly made me understand the impact of what was happening.

It does make it hard to grasp the time frame or remember whereabouts you are, but it also helps break up the stories of atrocities with seeing how people are surviving in the “present”.

A rough guide to conflict

I am really looking forward to reading Palestine. Review quote “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 It all felt so groundbreaking, and fragile and absolutelly brave.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. By page nine I stopped noticing that Joe Sacco’s work was graphic reportage. At the age of one, he moved with his family to Australia, where sacxo spent his childhood untilsacoc they moved to Los Angeles.

His drawings are pretty realistic, reading this comics took me way too longer than some other jos of sequential art.

Tengoklah prahara di Gorazde. The understaffed, sqcco hospital, over run with gorade injuries, with little more than brandy to dull the pain. Yugoslavia was made up of mostly Croatians, Serbians, and Muslims. Doctors amputating legs with kitchen knives. Because Sacco is so meticulous about details – he always gets the shape of the boots spot on, and the splat pattern of a mortar hit or the viscosity of blood pools – I accepted at once the reality in his imaginings of butchery on the bridge at Visegrad or death by exposure along the midwinter track up to the victualling point at Grebak.

This wonderful edition concludes with a Where They Are Now section bringing us up to date, ten years later, on the key people he interviewed and an interview with Sacco by Fantagraphics’s Gary Groth, which provides an amazingly detailed look at the craft. I’ve read ‘The Bosnia List: While he does talk to Serbs to try and understand how it is the massacre happened, he is not trying to be objective.

I think this may be one of the most moving and gut-wrenching books about war that I’ve ever read.