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The Great War

Joe Sacco

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Published by Jonathan Cape, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Hardback


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EAN: 9780224097710
Published: 10 Oct 2013


About the book


July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme


‘Sacco’s work [is] the best argument around for comics as a journalistic medium.’ – GQ

Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted a few months later. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoonist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot-long wordless panorama: from the riding exercises of General Douglas Haig to the massive artillery positions and marshalling areas behind the trench lines, to the legions of British soldiers going ‘over the top’ and being cut down in No-Man’s-Land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse. Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase with a 16-page accompanying booklet, The Great War is a landmark work in Sacco’s illustrious career, and makes visceral one of the bloodiest days in history.

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What the critics say

This is incredible. It is fantastic. He’s showing you far more than a film or photographs could. It’s just drawing — it’s a superb example of what art can do.
- Sunday Times

A landmark work which makes visceral one of the bloodiest days in history.
- Labour Research

The 'comic book journalist' has gone into a new realm with this, a book that folds out into a single piece, 24ft wide, wordless pen and ink drawing of soldiers leaving the trenches
- Irish Times

His silence first mirrors and then amplifies our own horrified stupefaction – and his inky crosshatching speaks for itself, sorrow and rage in every dogged line.
- Observer

About the Author

Joe Sacco’s acclaimed books include Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Adam Hochschild is the author, most recently, of To End All Wars. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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