Guy Delisle’s JERUSALEM: Chronicles From The Holy City

After his three previous graphic novel travelogues, Shenzen, Pyongyang, and Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle strikes again with his fourth, Jerusalem: Chronicles From The Holy City. It portrays Delisle’s year-long trip to Jerusalem in August 2008 with his long term partner and their two children.

As usual, Deslisle use his clean and simple line drawing. Jerusalem is his first book to apply coloring, but he uses it sparingly; mostly to focus on some objects he considers important. He frequently portrays his various encounters with the aspects of Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the arguments of both sides, without divulging outright with which side he sympathizes (although it’ll be clear enough for you, after finishing the book, that he does sympathize with one side more than the other). His first encounter with driver sent by his partner’s NGO, as seen in 8th and 9th pages below, gives a hint of his admittance of ignorance and efforts to keep an unbiased mindset.


Delisle first greets  the driver with “Shalom”, to which the driver replies “Shalom”, then on second afterthought Delisle greets him again with “Salamalekum” (Assalamualaikum) to which the driver absentmindedly replies “Wa alaikumassalam”.

I find it neat.

I consider Jerusalem, without any doubt, Delisle best work so far. Not only because it is his longest graphic novel travelogue, but because he delivers a neat portrayal of the various points of view of the various conflicting parties, and also his own secular one.

Jerusalem Cover

If you want to read this excellent graphic novel travelogue, well, just click on the picture of the book’s cover above, and see where it will get you to.



~ by edwinlives4ever on May 8, 2014.

2 Responses to “Guy Delisle’s JERUSALEM: Chronicles From The Holy City”

  1. Wah, perlu punya nih 🙂

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