The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo
Award-winning comix-journalist Joe Sacco goes behind the scene of war correspondence to reveal the anatomy of the big scoop. He begins by returning us to the dying days of Balkan conflict and introduces us to his own fixer; a man looking to squeeze the last bit of profit from Bosnia before the reconstruction begins.
In The Fixer Joe Sacco returns to Bosnia, the setting for his first masterpiece, Safe Area Gorazde. In 2001 he went back to Sarajevo to meet up with his old ‘fixer’, an army veteran called Neven who, for the right price, could arrange anything for the visiting journalist. Sacco gradually realized that Neven’s own story – a microcosm of the Balkan conflict itself – might be the most compelling of all. Through Neven, Sacco tells the story of the warlords and gangsters who ran the country during the war, but all the time he – and the reader – never know whether Neven is telling the truth.