The mysteries of the ancient past intersect with the complexities of the present day in this tour de force graphic novel from Israeli cartoonist and educator, Rutu Modan. Fact, fiction, myth, history, politics, religion, sexualities and rivalries both sibling and professional all mix it up in the 284 full color pages of Tunnels. This quite aptly titled work demonstrates how we are all moving through our own tunnels that extend before, through and after our own lives and that these tunnels run in parallel, over, under and across the tunnels of others in one vast network the entirety of which no single participant can hope to grasp. That the physical tunnels in which the action plays out here move under and across the border between Israel and the Palestinian Territories makes all that transpires that much more fraught. An engrossing and entertaining – not to mention educational – read.
Translated from the Hebrew by Ishai Mishory. Hardcover.