by Joe Sacco - £20.00 Vintage (Jonathan Cape Ltd) (2013)
hardback ISBN 13: 9780224097710 | ISBN 10: 0224097717
From ‘the heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman’ (The Economist) comes a monumental, wordless panorama capturing the horror of World War I.
THE GREAT WAR: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
AN ILLUSTRATED PANORAMA - WITH AN ESSAY BY ADAM HOCHSCHILD
‘Sacco’s work [is] the best argument around for comics as a journalistic medium.’ – GQ
Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted a few months later. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoonist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot-long wordless panorama: from the riding exercises of General Douglas Haig to the massive artillery positions and marshalling areas behind the trench lines, to the legions of British soldiers going ‘over the top’ and being cut down in No-Man’s-Land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse.
Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase with a 16-page accompanying booklet, The Great War is a landmark work in Sacco’s illustrious career, and makes visceral one of the bloodiest days in history.
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