Nov 12 2013

Acclaimed Political Cartoonist Joe Sacco Depicts WWI Battle of the Somme In Wordless Panorama

Joe Sacco’s new book called The Great War, is an artistic panaroma in an accordion style book measuring 24 feet long and wordlessly chronicling the events that unfolded on the infamous first day of the World War I Battle of the Somme.

The scene Sacco draws moves from left to right in both time and space, through day into night and back into day again as soldiers prepare, move into position, are slaughtered, and finally laid to rest. Accompanying his book is an essay by historian Adam Hochschild who puts the story of the battle into context.

Joe Sacco spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar about his book.

Watch a video of the interview here:

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