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Notes From A Defeatist
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  • Published: 1 January 2004
  • ISBN: 9780224072700
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 216
  • RRP: $45.00

Notes From A Defeatist


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Part documentary travelogue, part satirical autobiography, part satire pure and simple, NOTES FROM A DEFEATIST collects all the shorter works that launched Joe Sacco on the path to his book- length masterpiece, PALESTINE.

Part documentary travelogue, part satirical autobiography, part satire pure and simple, Notes from a Defeatist collects all the shorter works that launched Joe Sacco on the path to his book-length masterpiece, Palestine.

Before Joe Sacco crafted his two major works of 'cartoon journalism', Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde, he created a number of shorter pieces, ranging from one-page gags to 30-page 'graphic novelettes'. This book finally collects the entirety of Sacco's earlier journalistic and autobiographical work, plus a sizeable serving of his satirical strips, many of them never before collected in book form. The centrepieces in Notes from a Defeatist are a triptych of war stories: 'When Good Bombs Happen to Bad People', a history of aerial bombing that specifically targets civilian populations; 'More Women, More Children, More Quickly', in which Sacco relates his mother's harrowing experiences during World War II in Malta; and, most personally (and closest to Sacco's later work), 'How I Loved the War', Sacco's impassioned but sardonic reflection on the Gulf war, the surrounding propaganda and media circus, and his own ambivalent feelings as both a spectator and commentator. Notes from a Defeatist also includes a roadie's-eye view of an American punk band's eventful European tour, a reminiscence of an awful season spent in his native Malta, and much more.

  • Pub date: 1 January 2004
  • ISBN: 9780224072700
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 216
  • RRP: $45.00

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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