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El conflicto de la antigua Yugoslavia fue una de las grandes vergüenzas de la vieja Europa y de los organismos internacionales. Sarajevo, la actual capital bosnia fue antaño ciudad olímpica en los juegos de invierno y siempre fue una ciudad abierta y donde la mezcla era parte de la identidad singular de la ciudad. Pero desgraciadamente se convirtió por culpa del fanatismo y el genocidio en un matadero donde los civiles morían a miles. Y todo eso a escasas dos horas en avión de muchas capitales europeas.

Es en esa sufrida capital que pude visitar hace muchos años donde transcurre el presente libro. La genialidad de Joe Sacco nos transmite una de tantas historias humanas que pudieron verse durante aquellos años de conflicto. Llegamos a entender realidades humanas complejas en ciudades en guerra , y podemos ver las miserias y grandezas del ser humano. Joe Sacco tiene la maestría de dibujar y contar historias humanas, y en la presenta novela gráfica nos deja una obra sublime al igual que en otros de sus libros como en aquel mágico y genial Gorazde-Zona Protegida.

La historia del libro lleva nombre y apellidos, es la de Neven, un ser complejo que sirve como comodín para los periodistas internacionales pero también para conseguir cosas en el mercado negro. Como tantos otros conflictos vemos como la realidad supera la ficción, y Joe Sacco consigue que entendamos la locura de aquellos tiempos de guerra en Sarajevo.

Estamos ante un retrato de una vida de Sarajevo que lleva la realidad de los altibajos de alguien que vive en ese cruce de fronteras del bien y del mal, para ello el análisis de Sacco es una perfecta radiografía a partir de una simple historia humana. Y con el paso de los años podemos ver como Neven está abajo y arriba, del próspero negocio del mercado negro en tiempos de conflicto a las deudas y el verse arruinado. Con Sacco viajamos a los campos de batalla y a como se organizaban de forma informal los resistentes de Sarajevo que combatían a los chetniks en una ciudad abrumada por la barbarie humana. Pero muchas veces estamos en cafeterías y restaurantes de una Sarajevo que siempre ha tenido un cierto aire Mediterráneo en su amor por la buena vida.

Vida y muerte, paz y guerra, criminales y ciudadanos honrados, todo ello va pasando a lo largo de un libro que nos lleva a aquellos tiempos en los que Sarajevo era una ciudad sitiada que era el centro informativo que abría telediarios de medio mundo.

Una obra fundamental y desgarradora que nos lleva a un conflicto tan reciente como despiadado.

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Ebook El mediador: Una historia de Sarajevo read Online! Joe Sacco was born in Malta on October 2, 1960. At the age of one, he moved with his family to Australia, where he spent his childhood until 1972, when they moved to Los Angeles. He began his journalism career working on the Sunset High School newspaper in Beaverton, Oregon. While journalism was his primary focus, this was also the period of time in which he developed his penchant for humor and satire. He graduated from Sunset High in 1978.

Sacco earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1981 in three years. He was greatly frustrated with the journalist work that he found at the time, later saying, "[I couldn't find] a job writing very hard-hitting, interesting pieces that would really make some sort of difference." After being briefly employed by the journal of the National Notary Association, a job which he found "exceedingly, exceedingly boring," and several factories, he returned to Malta, his journalist hopes forgotten. "...I sort of decided to forget it and just go the other route, which was basically take my hobby, which has been cartooning, and see if I could make a living out of that," he later told the BBC.

He began working for a local publisher writing guidebooks. Returning to his fondness for comics, he wrote a Maltese romance comic named Imħabba Vera ("True Love"), one of the first art-comics in the Maltese language. "Because Malta has no history of comics, comics weren't considered something for kids," he told Village Voice. "In one case, for example, the girl got pregnant and she went to Holland for an abortion. Malta is a Catholic country where not even divorce is allowed. It was unusual, but it's not like anyone raised a stink about it, because they had no way of judging whether this was appropriate material for comics or not."

Eventually returning to the United States, by 1985 Sacco had founded a satirical, alternative comics magazine called Portland Permanent Press in Portland, Oregon. When the magazine folded fifteen months later, he took a job at The Comics Journal as the staff news writer. This job provided the opportunity for him to create another satire: the comic Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy, a name he took from an overly-complicated children's toy in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

But Sacco was more interested in travelling. In 1988, he left the U.S. again to travel across Europe, a trip which he chronicled in his autobiographical comic Yahoo. The trip lead him towards the ongoing Gulf War (his obsession with which he talks about in Yahoo #2), and in 1991 he found himself nearby to research the work he would eventually publish as Palestine.

The Gulf War segment of Yahoo drew Sacco into a study of Middle Eastern politics, and he traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories to research his first long work. Palestine was a collection of short and long pieces, some depicting Sacco's travels and encounters with Palestinians (and several Israelis), and some dramatizing the stories he was told. It was serialized as a comic book from 1993 to 2001 and then published in several collections, the first of which won an American Book Award in 1996.

Sacco next travelled to Sarajevo and Goražde near the end of the Bosnian War, and produced a series of reports in the same style as Palestine: the comics Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and the stories collected in War's End; the financing for which was aided by his winning of the Guggenheim Fellowship in April 2001. Safe Area Goražde won the Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel in 2001.

He has also contributed short pieces of graphic reportage to a variety of magazines, on subjects ranging from war crimes to blues, and is a frequent illustrator of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. Sacco currently lives in Portland.


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