In his latest graphic novel travelogue, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, author Guy Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of contemporary Jerusalem, utilizing the classic stranger in a strange land point of view that made his other books, Pyongyang, Shenzhen, and Burma Chronicles required reading for understanding what daily life is like in cities few are able to travel to. In Jerusalem, Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays.
Whether observing the Christian, Jewish or Muslim populations that call Jerusalem home, Delisle's drawn line is both sensitive and fair, assuming nothing and drawing everything. Jerusalem showcases once more Delisle's mastery of the travelogue.
Praise for Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
Winner - Fauve d'Or Prize at the 2012 Angouleme International Comics Festival
"Engaging...[Deslile] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign residents" - Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
"Delisle, a former animator, has a knack for the visual shorthand... and for drawing environments: religious shrines and settlements, but also grocery stores, playgrounds and checkpoints - lots of checkpoints. The cultural and physical barriers among the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities in and around Jerusalem, and the compromises and work-arounds the city's residents have been forced to devise, become the source of dark but gentle comedy: absurdity teetering on the edge of tragedy" - Douglas Wolk, The New York Times
"[Jerusalem] is a small miracle: concise, even-handed, highly particular" - Rachel Cooke, The Guardian
About the Author
Born in Quebec City, Guy Delisle now lives in the south of France with his wife and son. Delisle has spent ten years, mostly in Europe, working in animation which allowed him to learn about movement and drawing. Many of his works are based on his travels with his wife who works for Medicins san Frontieres.