The Fixer by Joe Sacco
A Story from Sarajevo

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When bombs are falling and western journalism is the only game left in town "fixers" are the people who sell war correspondents the human tragedy and moral outrage that makes news editors happy.

It’s dangerous, a little amoral and a lot desperate.

Award-winning comix-journalist Joe Sacco goes behind the scene of war correspondence to reveal the anatomy of the big scoop. He begins by returning us to the dying days of Balkan conflict and introduces us to his own fixer; a man looking to squeeze the last bit of profit from Bosnia before the reconstruction begins. Thanks to a complex relationship with the fixer Joe discovers the crimes of opportunistic warlords and gangsters who run the countryside in times of war. But the west is interested in a different spin on the stories coming out of Bosnia. Almost ten years later, Joe meets up with his fixer and sees how the new Bosnian government has "dealt" with these criminals and Joe ponders who is holding the reins of power these days...
 

About Joe Sacco

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Joe Sacco was born in Malta. He won an American Book Award forPalestine. He is also the author ofSafe Area GorazdeandNotes From a Defeatist.
 
Published December 1, 2003 by Drawn and Quarterly. 140 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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The Fixer by Joe Sacco Jonathan Cape £12.99, pp112 In his masterful book of graphic reportage, Safe Area Gorazde, Joe Sacco depicted the lives of civilians caught in Bosnia's three-way ethnic war, while criticising the UN's indecisive handling of the military and political situation.

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The Guardian

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The Fixer by Joe Sacco 105pp, Cape, £12.99 When the war reporter Joe Sacco returned to Bosnia in 2001, he was looking for the only person who still seemed willing to talk frankly about the madness into which the country had descended a few years before.

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Publishers Weekly

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Intrepid reporter and comics artist Sacco returns to Bosnia and Sarajevo to chronicle Neven, a "fixer" who leads Western reporters to stories, dispensing information and literally guiding them through the fascinating, dangerous landscape of post-war Sarajevo and Bosnia.

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Cartoonists Chester Brown and Joe Sacco began their non-fiction comics careers with idiosyncratic autobiography–Brown most notably with the austere adolescent vignettes The Playboy and I Never Liked You, Sacco with the first-person fact-finding tour Palestine–but both have migrated to straighter ...

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