Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me


“I’m sure someone out there has a workable solution. But what do I know? I make comic books and write about jazz. I do know the difference between right and wrong, though.”

As the second anniversary of Harvey Pekar’s death approaches, Guernica shares an excerpt from his posthumous graphic novel, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me. In the excerpt, based on a daylong conversation between Pekar and illustrator JT Waldman, the author “contends with his identity and the Jewish state.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →