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|Subject||Siege of Sarajevo, Bosnian War|
|Media type||Print, Paperback|
|Preceded by||Missié Vandisandi|
|Followed by||Le secret des hommes-chiens|
Sarajevo Tango is an anti-war comic book/graphic novel by Hermann initially released in 1995. Sarajevo Tango is also the first of Hermann’s big works done in direct color, and according to several critics, one of his finest.
On the surface the book follows a crime story that takes place in Sarajevo during the Siege of Sarajevo (1992–1996). However, in the background Hermann clearly shows his disgust with the international community‚ in particular with its lack of action and decisiveness in preventing killings that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the entire war. Key figures such as Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Yasushi Akashi, General Lewis MacKenzie, and British diplomat Lord David Owen are portrayed in the book as active participants, though often under slightly modified names.
The book is dedicated to the innocent victims of Sarajevo siege and Bosnian war. Copies of Sarajevo Tango were sent to various politicians, United Nations, and government officials, artists, journalists and global celebrities. The book is also dedicated to Karim Zaimović, a young journalist and publicist killed in Sarajevo during the siege by Serbian mortar shells; and in part to Ervin Rustemagić, Hermann’s personal friend and survivor of the Sarajevo siege.
In 1995 Herman received the Durbuy-Grand Prix for Sarajevo Tango.
- Strip Art Features 1996 edition, p. 2.