Habibi

Craig Thompson

Habibi

Habibi, based on a Middle Eastern fable, tells the story of Dodola, who escapes being sold into slavery and rescues an abandoned baby she names Zam. They live in isolation in an old boat in the desert. As they age their relationship shifts from mother and son, to brother and sister and eventually lovers. In the meantime however Dodola is forced to prostitute herself to desert traders in order to provide for Zam. When he seeks an alternative means of income Dodola is captured by the Sultan and Zam is forced into a quest to try and rescue her. 4.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
Habibi

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Classification Fiction
Genre Comics & Graphic Novels
Format Hardcover
Pages 672
RRP £20.00
Date of Publication September 2011
ISBN 978-0571241323
Publisher Faber and Faber
 

Habibi, based on a Middle Eastern fable, tells the story of Dodola, who escapes being sold into slavery and rescues an abandoned baby she names Zam. They live in isolation in an old boat in the desert. As they age their relationship shifts from mother and son, to brother and sister and eventually lovers. In the meantime however Dodola is forced to prostitute herself to desert traders in order to provide for Zam. When he seeks an alternative means of income Dodola is captured by the Sultan and Zam is forced into a quest to try and rescue her.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Neel Mukherjee

His study and deployment of Arabic calligraphy amazes – not only in its more straightforward, decorative use, but also in its metaphorical collisions with the story. An English-language graphic novel written and drawn by an American that manages to have an Arabic visual feel and to responsibly convey some of the spiritual underpinnings of Islamic faith – this would be a memorable achievement at any time but at our particular juncture in history it is nothing short of vital.

23/09/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Inbali Iseries

Habibi is a triumph of creativity. Thompson dazzles us with his pen strokes, with his mastery of storytelling, his research, plotting and characterisation. The book is destined to become an instant classic, confirming the author's position among not only the most masterful of graphic novelists but our finest contemporary writers, regardless of medium.

25/09/2011

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The Observer

Rachel Cooke

It's a wonderful, compelling tale, but also, in the scant space I have here, an indescribable one. For, hidden inside it are a thousand other stories. It's like a fabulous jewellery box and you will want to raid it again and again.

09/10/2011

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The Times

Kate Saunders

This is a graphic novel with such incredible illustrations that you forgive it for being a graphic novel.

15/10/2011

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The Guardian

Michel Faber

Yet, despite its visual splendours and sincere message, Habibi is ultimately wearisome. Part of the problem is its sheer length; conciseness has never been Thompson's forte.

16/09/2011

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