Both travel book and testimony, L'intruse
records the experiences of a French human rights activist in the Middle East. Roannie, a retired pediatrician and member of Amnesty International, spent nine months over several years as an "international" in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The French artist Oko heard her stories and suggested she publish her experiences in graphic form. The resulting collaboration was published in three volumes: Le Decouverte
, Les Palestinians
, and Les Israeliens.
This extract, from Le Decouverte
, describes Roannie's first days in the region. The title L'intruse
[The Intruder] reflects Roannie's feelings upon arriving in Israel: "Foreign, intrusive, a nuisance, unwelcome."
From L'Intruse Volume 1 by Roannie and Oko. © 2008 by Editions Vertige Graphic. Rights arranged through Nicolas Grivel Agency. All rights reserved.
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.
has received prizes, fellowships, and residencies from PEN America, the National Endowment for the Arts
, the Fulbright
program, Ledig House, 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
, and Subtropics
. The translator of more than 250 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders,
and has written on the Francophone fantastic at Weird Fiction Review
Photo credit: Vince Passaro