Media Release — This past Sunday at the International Comics Festival in Angoulême, France, Drawn & Quarterly cartoonist Guy Delisle walked away with the world’s most prestigious award for the comic book medium, the festival’s Fauve d’Or for best graphic album for CHRONIQUES DE JÉRUSALEM, beating out 60 other titles. JERUSALEM: CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY will be published in English and in stores this April. Delisle will be on a ten-city tour for the first time in North America, dates and venues to come. Excerpt and marketing information are available here.
Guy Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of contemporary Jerusalem, utilizing the classic stranger in a strange land point of view that made his other books, PYONGYANG, SHENZHEN, and BURMA CHRONICLES required reading for understanding what daily life is like in cities few are able to travel to. In JERUSALEM: CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY, Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays.
When observing the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim populations that call Jerusalem home, Delisle’s drawn line is both sensitive and fair, assuming nothing and drawing everything. JERUSALEM: CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY showcases once more Delisle’s mastery of the travelogue.
Delisle lives in Montpelier, France, with his wife and children. He is from Quebec City and will be on tour in North America from April 24-May 8th. UK rights have been sold to Jonathan Cape.
978-177046-071-3 | 320 PGS | FULL COLOR | $24.95 | IN STORES APRIL 24th 2012
PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR GUY DELISLE:
“[Delisle’s books are] some of the most effective and fully realized travel-writing out there.”—NPR
“Guy Delisle has entered the comics scene like a breath of fresh air.”–Joe Sacco, THE NATIONAL
“Great stuff—and proof that the comics panel can be another kind of window on the world.”
“[Delisle] puts everyone’s triumphs, tragedies and (especially) foibles on full display. It’s
journalism the way journalism should be: readable, educational and, hopefully, transformative.”
—CHICAGO SUN TIMES
“Delisle’s reportage is appealingly brisk and casual.”—ONION AV CLUB
“Delisle navigates politics and culture shock with a keen eye and gentle humor.”—MOTHER JONES