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Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story

by Ari Folman and David Polonsky
£12.99   paperback  Atlantic Books (2009)

Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polonsky The stunning graphic novel of the highly acclaimed animated film, Waltz with Bashir follows one man on a quest to uncover his hidden memories and face the truth about his involvement in the massacre of Palestinians in Beirut in 1982.
 
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection between the dream and their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties.
 
Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing about that period of his life anymore. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. These recollections accumulate until, one day, Ari recalls Sabra and Shatila, and the terrible truth of what happened there is uncovered...

"A powerhouse film... As in Art Spiegelman's Maus, the animation initially works as something of a distancing device, giving you the space - intellectual, emotional - to process the story and its accumulating horrors. The fluidity of the figures accentuates the air of surreality, which deepens as the story reaches its terrible end. The finale is stunning, at once a furious act of conscience and a lament."
(New York Times)
"A shattering film full of guilt and shock, and finding a new medium for expressing and exploring familiar themes."
(Observer)

ISBN 13: 9781848870680 | ISBN 10: 184887068x

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