Hardback Habibi

By (author) Craig Thompson

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 655 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 236mm x 46mm | 1,588g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375424148
  • ISBN 13: 9780375424144
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 63,935

Product description

From the internationally acclaimed author of "Blankets "("A triumph for the genre.""--""Library Journal"), a highly anticipated new graphic novel. Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, "Habibi" tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth--and frailty--of their connection. At once contemporary and timeless, "Habibi "gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.

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Author information

CRAIG THOMPSON's previous graphic novels include "Blankets" (for which he received three Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and Best Cartoonist; and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist); "Goodbye, Chunky Rice"; and "Carnet de Voyage." He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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"The character depth, plot complexity, and storytelling in this lyrical, sexual, and scholarly epic would make any novelist proud...Thompson strings compositions that are often more tapestry than comics and that balance graphic design, illumination, calligraphy, and cartooning in steady alignment. It is unfair to expect two masterpieces in a row from anyone, but here Thompson sits securely in that rarefied air." -"Booklist," starred review "A lushly epic love story that's both inspiring and heartbreaking...In addition to richly detailed story panels, the gorgeous Arabic ornamental calligraphy makes each page an individual work of art. A dense, swirling dervish of a tale...this will be the most talked about graphic novel of the fall." -"Publishers Weekly," starred review "The exquisite beauty and deep magic of this "Arabian Nights"-style love story cannot be overstated...Habibi is certain to join the ranks of graphic novels that expand our understanding of not only the genre but also the world it describes." -"Library Journal," starred review ""Habibi" lifts the bar of graphic storytelling to new heights, both by the intricate, dramatic density and breathtaking scholar-ship of Thompson's panels and by the sheer scale and decorative beauty of his flowing, roiling, protean style. Thompson is the Charles Dickens of the genre, able to capture all the scary, heartbreaking, brave, uplifting details of his characters' fates while orchestrating the big-picture machinations that connect them to the lives and times of his readers..."Habibi" is a masterpiece that surely is one of a kind." -"Elle Magazine " "A graphic novel that is sure to attract attention...A mature--in all its meanings--glimpse into a world few Westerners are at home with, and Thompson is respectful throughout." -"Kirkus" "Exquisite...HABIBI is a remarkable feat of research, care, and black ink, and a reminder that all "People of the book," despite the division of their i