Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me by Harvey Pekar

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Harvey Pekar's mother was a Zionist by way of politics. His father was a Zionist by way of faith. Whether Harvey was going to daily Hebrew classes or attending Zionist picnics, he grew up a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. But soon he found himself questioning the very beliefs and ideals of his parents.

In Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, the final graphic memoir from the man who defined the genre, Pekar explores what it means to be Jewish and what Israel means to the Jews. Over the course of a single day in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Pekar and the illustrator JT Waldman wrestle with the mythologies and realities surrounding the Jewish homeland. Pekar interweaves his increasing disillusionment with the modern state of Israel with a comprehensive history of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present, and the result is a personal and historical odyssey of uncommon power. Plainspoken and empathetic, Pekar had no patience for injustice and prejudice in any form, and though he comes to understand the roots of his parents' unquestioning love for Israel, he arrives at the firm belief that all peoples should be held to the same universal standards of decency, fairness, and democracy.

With an epilogue written by Joyce Brabner, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is an essential book for fans of Harvey Pekar and anyone interested in the past and future of the Jewish state. It is bound to create important discussions and debates for years to come.

 

About Harvey Pekar

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Harvey Pekar is best known for his graphic autobiography, American Splendor, which was based on his long-running comic-book series and was adapted into a film of the same name. He died in 2010. JT Waldman is an artist, interactive designer, and comic-book creator. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Megillat Esther. He lives in Philadelphia. Joyce Brabner is an award-winning author of graphic books. She frequently collaborated with her late husband, Harvey Pekar, on his American Splendor series. She lives in Cleveland.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Hill and Wang. 176 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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“Palestinians call it the great catastrophe.” Pekar deepens the discussion through conversations with the illustrator, who lived for a couple of years in Israel (where Pekar had once attempted to move, but he received no encouragement from the Israeli consulate).

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Publishers Weekly

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While walking through a cavernous used bookstore or grabbing food at an Italian grocery, they explore his parents’ very passionate but unusual Zionism (Pekar’s mother was a stridently nonworshipping Marxist while his father was highly religious), the history of the Jewish people and the creat...

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New York Journal of Books

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“Harvey Pekar understood he was part of an imperfect world, and his writing reflects this knowledge.”

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Library Journal

Wolfman, Marv & Stan Lee (text) & Keith Pollard, Al Milgrom, & Sal Buscema (illus.).

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Newcity Lit

Harvey Pekar died in 2010, but his posthumous graphic novel, “Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me,” is released this summer.

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Critical Mob

Told over the course of a daylong conversation between Harvey Pekar and his artistic collaborator, JT Waldman, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is a hybrid history and memoir that explains how Pekar became disillusioned with the idea of Israel.

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Truthout

The Israel of Harvey Pekar's posthumously published Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is and is not the Israel in the news right now;

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