A Child in Palestine

Naji al-Ali Joe Sacco

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A Child in Palestine

A Child in Palestine Naji al Ali grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al Hilweh in the south Lebanese city of Sidon where his gift for drawing was discovered by the Palestinian poet Ghassan Kanafani in the late

  • Title: A Child in Palestine
  • Author: Naji al-Ali Joe Sacco
  • ISBN: 9781844673650
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Naji al Ali grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al Hilweh in the south Lebanese city of Sidon, where his gift for drawing was discovered by the Palestinian poet Ghassan Kanafani in the late 1950s Early the following decade he left for Kuwait, embarking on a thirty year career that would see his cartoons published daily in newspapers from Cairo to Beirut, LondonNaji al Ali grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al Hilweh in the south Lebanese city of Sidon, where his gift for drawing was discovered by the Palestinian poet Ghassan Kanafani in the late 1950s Early the following decade he left for Kuwait, embarking on a thirty year career that would see his cartoons published daily in newspapers from Cairo to Beirut, London to Paris.Resolutely independent and unaligned to any political party, Naji al Ali strove to speak to and for the ordinary Arab people the pointed satire of his stark, symbolic cartoons brought him widespread renown Through his most celebrated creation, the witness child Handala, al Ali criticized the brutality of Israeli occupation, the venality and corruption of the regimes in the region, and the suffering of the Palestinian people, earning him many powerful enemies and the soubriquet the Palestinian Malcolm X For the first time in book form, A Child in Palestine presents the work of one of the Arab world s greatest cartoonists, revered throughout the region for his outspokenness, honesty and humanity That was when the character Handala was born The young, barefoot Handala was a symbol of my childhood He was the age I was when I had left Palestine and, in a sense, I am still that age today and I feel that I can recall and sense every bush, every stone, every house and every tree I passed when I was a child in Palestine The character of Handala was a sort of icon that protected my soul from falling whenever I felt sluggish or I was ignoring my duty That child was like a splash of fresh water on my forehead, bringing me to attention and keeping me from error and loss He was the arrow of the compass, pointing steadily towards Palestine Not just Palestine in geographical terms, but Palestine in its humanitarian sense the symbol of a just cause, whether it is located in Egypt, Vietnam or South Africa Naji al Ali, in conversation with Radwa Ashour

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    1. Martin Jurča on said:

      I am a big fan of Joe Sacco's work. His graphic novel - Palestine - was my introduction to Palestinian question. Because of this, I was very glad to find Naji al-Ali's book, which was endorsed by Joe. Unfortunatelly It was a mistake1.) This is only collection of pictures by Naji al-Ali accompanied with few sentences to explain what is actually (or metaphorically) happening on these illustrations.2.) There is no insight, argument, history, or logical path which leads you to the conclusion of this [...]

    2. Andrés Santiago on said:

      an incredible graphic testament of the palestinian struggle. it is understandably one-sided, but moving and poignant nonetheless. particularly insightful are the views on the arab ruling elite, a bit prophetic even, and more relevant than ever after the arab spring uprisings. the author's death in 'suspicious' circumstances makes it all the more relevant. one to keep and treasure

    3. l. on said:

      I feel that this collection is just scratching at the surface of his work? Also that there could be more commentary etc. But the cartoons are great.

    4. Amanda Jaczkowski on said:

      The compilation of Naji Al-Ali's, a Palestinian political cartoonist, political cartoons is wonderful. Paired with captions detailing what was happening when the cartoon was drawn makes this book educational as well. Each chapter is opened with a short introduction to Naji Al-Ali's background, work, and Palestine's situation as a whole. Book 11/50 of 2014 50 Book Challenge.

    5. Edward Sullivan on said:

      An excellent collection of works by the Palestinian political cartoonist from the 1970s and 1980s featuring sharply satirical and poignant commentary on such subjects as Israeli oppression, American middle east policy, criticism of corrupt oppressive governments in the Arab world.

    6. Bader on said:

      Naji Al-Ali, Handhalah, and Palestine are nicely presented in this book. Naji Al-Ali is a great artist who had a great cause to draw. His Handhalah is everywhere in the arabic world to that I didn't know that his creator was murdered more than 20 years ago!

    7. Mika Harjula on said:

      Is it politically correct to say I didn't like this book? I didn't! The graphics were nice but the text put together with the pictures was lacking deeper meaning for the reader. A waste of time pretty much.

    8. Anne on said:

      Deeply impactful and thought provoking political cartoons. Rich with symbolism.

    9. Dina Rahajaharison on said:

      'Naji al-Ali remains a hero in the Arab world, in particular to Palestinians, who say his name with the same tenderness with which they mention their great poets.'

    10. Noha on said:

      رسومات ناجى العلى و شخصيته الكاريكاتيرية حنظلة :)افتكرت مريد البرغوثى و قهرته بعد مقتل ناجىو حكايات رضوى عاشور عنهالله يرحمك يا ناجى و الله يحرر فلسطين

    11. Noran on said:

      Haven't finished it yet, but I have fallen in love with hanthala already!I have finished it. It is really enlightening. I loved it!

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