When Israelis Rutu Modan and Yirmi Pinkus started publishing graphic novels, their decision to work in English was seen as snobbish and unpatriotic — even anti-Zionist.
Rutu Modan’s new graphic novel traces a woman’s journey to Poland with her grandmother to reclaim family property from before the Holocaust.
On its face, Rutu Modan’s ‘The Property’ is about a Jewish woman returning to Poland for the first time since the Holocaust. But there’s much more beneath the surface.
The past year has seen a bumper crop of Jewish-themed graphic novels, with subjects ranging from the recent history of the Middle East (Joe Sacco’s “Footnotes in Gaza” ) to the ancient mythology of the Middle East (R. Crumb’s “Genesis” ) to the poets of the Beat Generation (Harvey Pekar and Ed Piskor’s “The Beats” ).