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Fax From Sarajevo por Dark Horse Comics
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Fax From Sarajevo (edição 1998)

por Dark Horse Comics (Autor)

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In 1945, we told the world, Never again.' In 1992, the promise was broken into bloody shards. That was the year the war broke out in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the year that genocide revisited the planet. It was the year that Ervin Rustemagic -- an international businessman whose clients included author Joe Kubert -- found himself and his family trapped in a city under siege. Ervin's only means of communication to the outside world was via his fax machine. As Joe began to receive these messages from Ervin, he did what he had done for years -- he put the story to paper.'… (mais)
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Título:Fax From Sarajevo
Autores:Dark Horse Comics (Autor)
Informação:Dark Horse Books (1998), Edition: Gph, 117 pages
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This memoir deals with how a comics writer dealt with living in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the war in—and invasion of—former Yugoslavia.

His family is, like the rest of the population of Sarajevo, under constant attacks which are perpetrated by Serbs. Say what you want about the war and invasion, but the Serbs are The Evil.

I've no qualms with somebody recanting their story. I mean, this story is theirs both in what I surmise is their truths and their memory. The main problem I have with this book is that the author has written a story that is so filled with minimalistic constant that it is extremely hard to digest.

An example: a father gets ready to go buy bread for his family. He kisses his wife. He kisses his kids. He says goodbye to a micro utopia. He leaves his family's home for his city square. The city square is bombed to shreds by Serb and the man dies. The family is displayed in tatters, crying, with an outro text saying 'war is Hell'.

Next story: an old man gets ready to leave his home to get food from a UN truck. He envisages freedom, daydreams a Serb-free existence where they are not, for Serbs are Evil. The man walks out and sees the UN truck. Serb-infested arms explode into combat, repelling the UN troops while killing the poor old man. An outro text says 'Beware of Evil Serbs!'.

OK, the examples are made by me, not to invoke pity—I'm of Serbian heritage—but to emphasise that the book should have been edited a lot harder to make it breathe. The entire book is filled with utterly horrible stories but the style is ultimately what ruins this book. I fully accept the contents of the book and absolutely agree that Serbs committed atrocities during the civil war. The style of this book drips of pity-invoking scenes that, early on, invites antipathy; it's a shame, for this story could have been wondrously told.

The illustrations are old-school US-style: sharp imagery of the old biff-boom-bang style abound. No nuance, all contrast.

I wish this book had been tightly edited to highlight tension and make it nuanced; even though war can be one-sided, this book is, simply put, far too simple to engage me and think it's a human experience that's not absolutely lopsided.

PS. The atrocities committed by NATO, the USA, the UN, Croatia, and even Bosnia, aren't in this book. ( )
  pivic | Mar 21, 2020 |
It is still very rare, even in an era of instant communication, to get updates and reports from someone living in a war zone; someone trying to survive as an ordinary person. Not a soldier, not a war correspondent, but an average person caught up in events as horrifying as can be imagined. A snail's eye view of the Bosnian conflict, trying to endure and escape hostile combatants and uncaring bureaucracies. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Apr 3, 2014 |
a touching, distressing chronicle of the Bosnian war--but I really didn't care for the artist's style. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 4, 2014 |
Reading this graphic novel from 1996, about the 1992-93 Siege of Sarajevo, brought back a lot of memories. The Bosnian conflict was terrible, but it's over now and we've seen worse since: Rwanda, War on Terror, Iraq War. The outrage inherit in the novel feels distant, and the black and white politics slightly suspicious; the graphic art is GI Joe and the dialogue equally simple. The best part though are the faxes, which are real, the actual written words of someone who was experiencing the events day to day, communicating via fax what was happening. The artwork is a supplement to help bring it alive. This use of multimedia is effective and the true story a reminder of how terrible it was. ( )
  Stbalbach | Feb 25, 2011 |
When Yugoslavia's brutal civil war erupted in 1992, Ervin Rustemagic and his family were trapped. Hunted by militant Serbs, their home destroyed, they camped in empty apartments and expensive hotels, relying on a fax machine to communicate with the outside world. Dozens of friends overseas were riveted, praying daily for news that the Rustemagics were alive and doing everything in their power to help them escape.

Their story is undeniably worth telling, but Joe Kubert wasn't the one to do it. I gave the book 3 stars because the suspense of the story kept me reading, but I felt that Kubert did it an injustice. Rather than using the graphic novel format to add dimension to the narrative, he falls back on comic book cliches that prevent real emotional resonance. Rather than showing us the characters' feelings, he uses worn-out phrases like, "whatever shall I do!" when a character faces a dilemma. As a result, the family feels more like cardboard cut-outs than real people living through an atrocity. Ervin Rustemagic is drawn like a superhero and behaves like one, and I questioned whether this was completely realistic -- surely during such a long war, he faced a morally ambigious decision or struggled with less-than-heroic emotions.

I was also frustrated by the way Kubert portrays depicts women, particularly the lead character's wife. While I am aware that Bosnian gender relationships may be different than American ones, I cannot believe that her sole act of bravery or ingenuity during the war was to make a birthday cake without eggs. She kept her children safe during her husband's many long absences, yet she and her fellow females are constantly drawn cowering behind their husbands, crying and begging for a man's help. Maybe this was the way the story was told to Kubert, but it's not an excuse for not doing a little investigation of his own. While I did learn a bit from this book, I don't think it was enough to justify its many flaws. ( )
  cestovatela | Mar 17, 2010 |
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"Sarajevo's climate is very continental, with a short, hot summer, when nights are still cold due to the constant breeze coming from the surrounding mountains. Winters are rich with snow, from November until April. Snow has been recorded in June - a fact which can be found in old Sarajevo chronicles. War so far hasn't changed the climate. The moon is still shining, the sun rises, rains fall, and it snows, too." - From Sarajevo Survival Guide
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Dear Jo & Muriel, Although the situation in Bosnia is not clear and calm at all, I decided to go back home and will leave on Sunday morning, by car, together with Butzo, my assistant, who came here two weeks ago to help me finish the last things and pack up for the trip.
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In 1945, we told the world, Never again.' In 1992, the promise was broken into bloody shards. That was the year the war broke out in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the year that genocide revisited the planet. It was the year that Ervin Rustemagic -- an international businessman whose clients included author Joe Kubert -- found himself and his family trapped in a city under siege. Ervin's only means of communication to the outside world was via his fax machine. As Joe began to receive these messages from Ervin, he did what he had done for years -- he put the story to paper.'

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