A first for the world's greatest cartoon reporter, a collection of journalism, including articles on the American military in Iraq that have never been published in the United States
Over the past decade, Joe Sacco, "our moral draughtsman" (Christopher Hitchens), has increasingly turned to short-form comics journalism to report from the sidelines of wars around the world. Collected here for the first time, Sacco's darkly funny, revealing reportage confirms his standing as one of the foremost war correspondents working today.
In "The Unwanted," Sacco chronicles the detention of Saharan refugees who have washed up on the shores of Malta; "Chechen War, Chechen Women" documents the trial without end of widows in the Caucasus; and "Kushinagar" goes deep into the lives of India's untouchables, who are hanging "onto the planet by their fingernails." Other pieces take Sacco to the smuggling tunnels of Gaza; the trial of Milan Kovacevic, Bosnian warlord, in The Hague; and the darkest chapter in recent American history, Abu Ghraib. And on a mission with American troops—pieces never published in the United States—he confronts the misery and absurdity of the war in Iraq.
Among Sacco's most mature, accomplished work, Journalism demonstrates the power of our premier cartoonist to chronicle human experience with a force that often eludes other media.
This volume of Sacco's shorter pieces makes an outstanding companion to his acclaimed book-length works, which include Safe Area Gorazde and Footnotes in Gaza. In a short preface titled "A Manifesto, Anyone?" Sacco succinctly lays out his goals and predispositions with regard to his medium, both embracing and answering the hackneyed criticisms that crop up whenever someone is alarmed by the concept of cartoon journalism. It's hard to take issue with Sacco's ethics or politics, which are far from concealed or misleading; he goes so far as to draw himself into many of his stories not out of egocentricity, but to make clear how he foundthe story and the circumstances under which he gained information. The stories in this volume run from 1998 to 2011. Whether traveling to Hebron, Iraq, India, or his native Malta, Sacco's great strength is in digging up dramatic individual stories that are illustrative of larger social or political problems. Although hints of the work of Will Elder, R. Crumb, and Art Spiegelman can be found in Sacco's appealing black-and-white art, the sum effect is his highly recognizable own. The book is a powerful record of voices that would have otherwise gone largely unheard.
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