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  • Published: 1 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780224080897
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 236
  • RRP: $35.00

Safe Area Gorazde

The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95


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The first UK publication of Joe Sacco’s classic, groundbreaking work of comics journalism with a foreword by Christopher Hitchens.

In late 1995 and early 1996, cartoonist/reporter Joe Sacco travelled four times to Gorazde, a UN-designated safe area during the Bosnian War, which had teetered on the brink of obliteration for three and a half years. Still surrounded by Bosnian Serb forces, the mainly Muslim people of Gorazde had endured heavy attacks and severe privation to hang on to their town while the rest of Eastern Bosnia was brutally 'cleansed' of its non-Serb population. But as much as SAFE AREA GORAZDE is an account of a terrible siege, it presents a snapshot of people who were slowly letting themselves believe that a war was ending and that they had survived.
Since it was first published in 2000, SAFE AREA GORAZDE has been recognized as one of the absolute classics of graphic non-fiction. We are delighted to publish it in the UK for the first time, to stand beside Joe Sacco's other books on the Cape list – PALESTINE, THE FIXER and NOTES FROM A DEFEATIST.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780224080897
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 236
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco, one of the world's greatest cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area: Goražde, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times notable book and Time magazine's best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper's and the Guardian. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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