Palestine is a graphic novel by Joe Sacco, a journalist and comic maker born in Malta and graduate from the University of Oregon. His work is very effective. The detailed images add to the powerful storytelling of Sacco’s trip through the occupied territories of the Palestinian West Bank in Israel.
The book is decidedly one-sided, although it is told from the side that most of us have never heard. Mostly it details Sacco’s meetings with Palestinians who suffer hardships under Israeli occupation. The book is a good read, although I don’t feel I really learned anything new about the conflict in the Middle East, but there are some things that I may want to follow up on and learn more about. It is hard not to sympathize with the Israelis when you read stories like this.
Sacco has also written about the conflict in Bosnia in his book Safe Area Gorazde. I’ll keep an eye out for more of his work in the future.