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    The jacket flap touts this as the first book in a new series “ that realizes ethnographic research in graphic novel form” Sounds

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    Using a graphic medium to study ethnography a pretty brilliant idea Lissa is the first of a series called ethnoGRAPHIC published by the University of TorontoThe story follows two girls throughout their teenage ye

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    As a reader this is a moving and beautifully constructed comic bridging two cultures medical traumas and revolution itself As a scholarteacher this is exactly the sort of work I believe we need in graphic medicine or other graphic disciplines The story can be approached by anyone but it also can be pulled apart and discu

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    What an interesting book and what a fascinating way to make ones research accessible outside of the academia The story is set primarily in Cairo and the US It's a story of two girls Layla who is the daughter of a bawab in Cairo and is studyin

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    This is as close to the perfect book as I have ever read I say this as someone who writes on comics religion who is doing research on comics cancer who is a convert to Islam and is a Caucasian American I know not everyone shares my demographics and my interests but if I can't praise LISSA then who can It's a dar

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    Lissa is a fascinating combination of academic research presented through a narrative graphic novel It's an int

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    Modern cultural research based critical peer reviewed creative and cross disciplinary A great example of collaboration across discipli

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    it's a very interesting very unexpected graphic novel about medical decision making set during the egyptian revolution i just think it could have gone a bit deeper re the medical decision making stuff as sherine hamdy is an academic and this is her area

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    Upon first glance LISSA comes off as the sort of book that I would not at all be interested in For one the art style isn’t the type that typically attracts me because it is the sort of style that one would generally associate with b

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    Lissa A Story about Medical Promise Friendship and Revolution is a graphic novel following two girls one American and one Egyptian as they grow up choose careers and lose family members Although the story is fictional it combines anthropological research about American and Egyptian healthcare cultures with the story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution This uniue concept ethnography via graphic novel is the first in a series called ethnoGRAPH

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FREE READ Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Sherine Hamdy

As young girls in Cairo Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses class cultural and religious divides Years later Anna learns that she may carry the hereditary cancer gene responsible for her mother's death Meanwhile Layla The jacket flap touts this as the first book in a new series that realizes ethnographic research in graphic novel form Sounds potentially boring I know but it s actually pretty cool Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship as young girls in Cairo When Anna s mother dies of cancer she is forced to return to the US to live though the two friends promise to stay in touch In later years each faces a medical crisis Anna the choice of preventive surgery to decrease her chances of sharing her mother s fate and Layla her father s kidney failure and refusal to consider a transplant and their friendship is put to the test due to stark differences in their perspective And then in 2011 revolutionary unrest in Egypt changes their lives forever The best approach I think with this graphic novel is to ignore all the academic foofaraw Don t read the jacket flaps Don t read the text about the ethnoGRAPHIC imprint Don t read the Afterword and the Appendices Just read the story Try not to go into it with a bunch of fears and expectations You ll appreciate the story Trust me Yeah the art is crude but serviceable But it s still a good story All the academic stuff is best appreciated afterward There is a lot of it We re talking Criterion Collection levels of extras here My favorite bits are probably the discussion of the storytelling which point out some of the subtler aspects of the artwork and the way in which the story was broken down If this book is a typical example I m looking forward to the rest of the series Recommended

REVIEW Lissa By Sherine Hamdy

Lissa By Sherine Hamdy

's family is faced with a difficult decision about kidney transplantation Their friendship is put to the test when these medical crises reveal stark differences in their perspectivesuntil revolutionary unrest in Egypt changes their lives fore What an interesting book and what a fascinating way to make ones research accessible outside of the academia The story is set primarily in Cairo and the US It s a story of two girls Layla who is the daughter of a bawab in Cairo and is studying to be a doctor and Anna whose American father works for an oil company in Egypt and whose mother has recently died of breast cancer Anna fears the gene for the cancer is also in her and explores the option of getting a preventive mastectomy Meanwhile Layla s father has kidney disease and there is a revolution brewing in Egypt The story points towards some of the differing ideas peoplecommunities have towards health well being organ donation and the body while also highlighting how these health challenges are happening in a period of global environmental change corporate greed toxic waste and the decline of the welfare state I appreciated the representation of the hope and ultimate challenges facing the Egyptian revolution and the uniue way in which the authors invited actual graffiti artists to contribute to the graphic novel There is a lot of nuance and thought put into this text which I think especially makes it valuable for students to engage with

FREE READ Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Sherine Hamdy

VerThe first book in a new series Lissa brings anthropological research to life in comic form combining scholarly insights and accessible visually rich storytelling to foster greater understanding of global politics ineualities and solidarity Upon first glance LISSA comes off as the sort of book that I would not at all be interested in For one the art style isn t the type that typically attracts me because it is the sort of style that one would generally associate with books geared to a much younger audience Secondly the book upon first glance seems to deal with the Egyptian revolution in some fashion This isn t in itself a bad thing but because the Egyptian revolution is too grand and important a topic I find that most graphic novels that have dealt with it in the past have done so rather poorly Understandable given the weight of the subject matter which demands uite a lot from anyone attempting to tackle it Thirdly the book is published by the University of Toronto Press a publisher of academic books Since graphic novels aren t exactly their specialty I suppose there is the tendency from the average comix reader to assume that these people couldn t possibly know the first thing about publishing a uality graphic novel and would very likely produce something that is uite subpar Fourthly I had never heard of any of the creators responsible for producing the book and so assumed they probably wouldn t know the first thing about creating a graphic novel eitherI must say I was wrong an all accounts I started reading the book and I could not for the life of me put it down I started reading it in the morning and did not put it down before finishing it that very evening after one long uninterrupted sitting My what a masterpieceThe story follows Anna the daughter of an American expat in Cairo who works for a multinational oil company Anna s mother is suffering from Stage 4 cancer a terribly difficult time for young Anna whose only real comfort can be found through her best friend Layla the daughter of the building s caretaker A most beautiful and ultimately unusual friendship given the differences in class race and culture By the time Anna must leave Cairo for college in the US her mom has already passed and she has developed a fear of inheriting the breast cancer gene herselfYears pass and the Egyptian revolution breaks out At this point Layla is a med student already dealing with the complexities of classism at Cairo University s med school She volunteers for the makeshift clinics tending to the protestors wounded by the regime s heavy handed response Anna still in touch with her childhood friend is compelled to return to Cairo and try to help the cause Anna sees people actively sacrificing their bodies for a greater cause while she is considering obliterating part of her own body as a preventative measure against getting breast cancer for which she discovers she does in fact have the gene And that doesn t even cover half of it The story through Anna and Layla s friendship and through the relationship each one has with their own family and society at large all against the backdrop of the Egyptian revolution becomes an examination of cultural differences as well as cultural intersectionality It s a book about hope and sacrifice and the effects of capitalism not just on societies but also on modern medicine and the environment Such a complex work that somehow ends up becoming nothing less of a piercing examination of life itself in the 21st centuryA truly groundbreaking masterpiece that should be reuired reading for every human being aliveA note on the art The art may come off as deceivingly weak but upon a close reading one finds that the art actually does a superb job at communicating all the emotional complexities inherent in the story and as such it becomes difficult to deem the art as anything but effective Which indeed makes it powerfulBravo and thanks to all the creators involved True unsung masters of the graphic novel medium