Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

Author(s): Guy Delisle


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: Chronicles from the Holy City", 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. When observing the Christian, Jewish, and 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.


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Acclaimed graphic memoirist Guy Delisle returns with his strongest work yet - a thoughtful and moving travelogue about life in the Holy City.

"[Delisle's books are] some of the most effective and fully realized travel writing out there." --NPR

"Guy Delisle has entered the comics scene like a breath of fresh air." --Joe Sacco, "The National"

"Delisle navigates politics and culture shock with a keen eye and gentle humor." --"Mother Jones"

"[Delisle] puts everyone's triumphs, tragedies and (especially) foibles on full display. It's journalism the way journalism should be: readable, educational and, hopefully, transformative." --"Chicago Sun Times"

Guy Delisle was born in Quebec city in 1966 and has spent the last decade living and working in France. He has written and drawn five graphic novels including Shenzen, an account of his travels in China, and Pyongyang, an account of his experiences in North Korea.

General Fields

  • : 9780224096690
  • : Vintage
  • : Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • : April 2012
  • : 225mm X 165mm X 35mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 336
  • : 812
  • : Hardback
  • : Guy Delisle