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Book review: Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco

Footnotes in Gaza

By Joe Sacco

Metropolitan Books; 418 pages

"The past and present cannot be so easily disentangled; they are part of a remorseless continuum, a historical blur." It's a fitting thought for cartoonist Joe Sacco to include at the outset of his latest piece of visual journalism. The unique form in which he operates--reportage translated into comic-book panels--is perfect for conflating time: then, now, it's all the same. Especially in the Gaza Strip, a land haunted by decades of bloodshed and oppression. Sacco, whose previous works include Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde, investigates a pair of events, from November...

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