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A Family Portrait

Boaz Yakin; illustrated by Nick Bertozzi

First Second



Jerusalem is a sweeping, epic graphic novel that follows a single family—three generations and fifteen very different people—as they are swept up in chaos, war, and nation-making from 1940-1948. Faith, family, and politics are the heady mix that fuel this ambitious, cinematic graphic novel.

With Jerusalem, author-filmmaker Boaz Yakin turns his finely-honed storytelling skills to a topic near to his heart: Yakin's family lived in Palestine during this period and was caught up in the turmoil of war just as his characters are. This is a personal work, but it is not a book with a political ax to grind. Rather, this comic seeks to tell the stories of a huge cast of memorable characters as they wrestle with a time when nothing was clear and no path was smooth.

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

Praise for Jerusalem

“Those who like the graphic novel format and have an interest in people holding true to their beliefs or have experienced living in a situation filled with mayhem and disorder, may find this book helpful.” —VOYA

“This is most powerful for investing a massive and complex issue with real human emotion.” —Booklist, starred review

“A hefty tableau of beautifully gnashed teeth.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

Boaz Yakin; illustrated by Nick Bertozzi

Boaz Yakin is a screenwriter and film director based in New York City. Yakin studied filmmaking at New York City College and New York University. As a producer he has been involved in bringing projects as diverse as Hostel and the award-winning Bombay Beach to the screen. His first graphic novel published by First Second, was Marathon with Joe Infurnari.
Nick Bertozzi lives in Queens, NY, with his wife and daughters and is the author and artist of many other cartoon stories, among them The Salon, Houdini: The Handcuff King, and First Second's Lewis & Clark and Stuffed! He is a teacher at the School of Visual Arts.

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Boaz Yakin

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