French writer Roannie, a member of Amnesty International and a pediatrician, became increasingly committed to peace work after her retirement. Between 2002 and 2005, she made multiple trips to the Middle East as an "international." Her graphic account of her experiences, L'Intruse, with illustrations by the French artist Oko, was published in three volumes: Le Decouverte, Les Palestinians, and Les Israeliens.
Oko is a French graphic artist.
Translated from French by Edward Gauvin
Edward Gauvin has received fellowships and residencies from PEN America, the NEA, the Fulbright program, the Lannan Foundation, and the French Embassy. His work has won the John Dryden Translation prize and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the French-American Foundation and Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prizes. Other publications have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Subtropics, World Literature Today, and Weird Fiction Review. The translator of almost 200 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders.
Photo credit: Vince Passaro