Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan

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Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, "Exit Wounds" is the first graphic novel to be published in Britain by one of Israel's best-known cartoonists. A young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his father's death, he finds himself not only piecing together the last few months of his father's life, but his entire identity. With thin, precise lines and luscious watercolours, Modan creates a portrait of modern Israel, a place where sudden death mingles with the slow dissolution of family ties.

About Rutu Modan

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Rutu Modan has received several awards in Israel and abroad, including the Best Illustrated Children's Book Award from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem four times and Young Artist of the Year from the Israel Ministry of Culture, and is a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.
Published June 1, 2007 by Jonathan Cape. 172 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tel Aviv-\x96based Modan gives American comics readers a sharp sense of Israeli life in this brilliant and moving graphic novel.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds A young Israeli man searches for his father, who may have died in a suicide bombing in Hadera.

May 18 2007 | Read Full Review of Exit Wounds


To be honest, it’s hard not to read the intensely personal story of Koby and Nuni as something other than a parable for the Israeli (or Jewish) plight.

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Austin Chronicle

One of those authorities is a female soldier named Numi, who tries to help Koby determine whether his father was killed in the explosion.

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