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Sacco, Joe.
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Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Fantagraphic Books, 2002.

Physical Description:
vi, 285 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
" ... a major success in its original two-volume collection. Palestine has now finally been released in a new one-volume format, with a new foreword by Edward W. Said"--P. [4] of cover.
Added Uniform Title:
Palestine (Seattle, Wash. : 1993)
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DS119.7 .S23 2001 Graphic Novel Open Shelf
DS119.7 .S23 2001 Graphic Novel Central Library
DS119.7 .S23 2001 Graphic Novel Oversize
DS119.7 .S23 2001 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
DS119.7 .S23 2001 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
DS119.7 .S23 2001 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels

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A landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, this is a major work of political and historical nonfiction.

Author Notes

Born in Jerusalem and educated at Victoria College in Cairo and at Princeton and Harvard universities, Edward Said has taught at Columbia University since 1963 and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. He has had an unusual dual career as a professor of comparative literature, a recognized expert on the novelist and short story writer Joseph Conrad, (see Vol. 1) and as one of the most significant contemporary writers on the Middle East, especially the Palestinian question and the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories. Although he is not a trained historian, his Orientalism (1978) is one of the most stimulating critical evaluations of traditional Western writing on Middle Eastern history, societies, and literature. In the controversial Covering Islam (1981), he examined how the Western media have biased Western perspectives on the Middle East. A Palestinian by birth, Said has sought to show how Palestinian history differs from the rest of Arabic history because of the encounter with Jewish settlers and to present to Western readers a more broadly representative Palestinian position than they usually obtain from Western sources. Said is presently Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, and chair of the board of trustees of the Institute of Arab Studies. He is a member of the Palestinian National Council as well as the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. (Bowker Author Biography) Edward W. Said is University Professor of English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of nineteen books, including "Orientalism" (which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award), "Culture & Imperialism", "The End of the Peace Process", & "Out of Place", a memoir. He lives in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The nine comic books of Sacco's reportage from Gaza and the West Bank constitute a milestone in nonfiction comics. They consist of what journalist Sacco did and heard and saw on the ground in occupied Palestine in a few months of 1991. In this handsome hardcover, the introduction Edward Said contributed to an earlier, incomplete collection of Palestine reappears, along with Sacco's recent reflections, passages from his 1991 journals, and two comparative features, one of Sacco's source photos and the comics panels he made from them, the other of rejected pages and their replacements in the finished comics. A must-have for graphic-novels collections.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2008 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Sacco reports on his time spent in Israeli-occupied territories in 1991 and 1992 in this landmark work of comics journalism. He describes the political and social landscape using interviews with both Palestinians and Jews, offering an intimate picture of this region rarely portrayed in mainstream news. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.