Jerusalem: A Family Portrait

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Macmillan, Apr 16, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 385 pages
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Jerusalem is a sweeping, epic graphic novel that follows a single family—three generations and fifteen very different people—as they are swept up in chaos, war, and nation-making from 1940-1948. Faith, family, and politics are the heady mix that fuel this ambitious, cinematic graphic novel.  With Jerusalem, author-filmmaker Boaz Yakin turns his finely-honed storytelling skills to a topic near to his heart: Yakin's family lived in Palestine during this period and was caught up in the turmoil of war just as his characters are. This is a personal work, but it is not a book with a political ax to grind. Rather, this comic seeks to tell the stories of a huge cast of memorable characters as they wrestle with a time when nothing was clear and no path was smooth.

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It is 1945 and World War II is ending. - Goodreads
Text and artwork complement each other nicely. - Goodreads
Excellently done entirely with the artwork. - Goodreads

Review: Jerusalem: A Family Portrait

User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

It was pretty good, but I had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight. There wasn't much character development aside from the 2 boys. Read full review

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User Review  - MA Ray - Goodreads

Absolutely gut-wrenching. I didn't know much about this period of history in that particular place, but wrenched. The art is somber and not pretty, but beautiful; characters solid; ending miserably sad. For adults -- strong violence throughout -- but well, well worth the read. Read full review


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About the author (2013)

Boaz Yakin  is a screenwriter and film director based in New York City. Yakin studied filmmaking at New York City College and New York University.  As a producer he has been involved in bringing projects as diverse as Hostel and the award-winning Bombay Beach to the screen. His first graphic novel published by First Second, was  Marathon  with Joe Infurnari. Nick Bertozzi  lives in Queens, NY, with his wife and daughters and is the author and artist of many other cartoon stories, among them The Salon, Houdini: The Handcuff King, and First Second's Lewis & Clark and  Stuffed!  He is a teacher at the School of Visual Arts.

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