by Craig Thompson


Hardcover, 655 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $35 | purchase

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Book Summary

A graphic tale by the author of Blankets follows the relationship between two refugee child slaves who are thrown together by circumstance and who struggle to make a place for themselves in a world fueled by fear and vice, in a visual parable that touches on themes of cultural divisions and the shared heritage of Christianity and Islam. Read an excerpt from Habibi.

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1 week on NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List

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A gorgeously drawn fairy tale steeped in the art and calligraphy of Islam, this massive, worlds-spanning story by Thompson — author of the similarly immense but intensely interior memoir Blankets — covers a lot of ground. You could make the argument that it covers too much: God and evil, Muhammad and Abraham, the paradise of love and the hell of environmental degradation, the traditions of the Mideast and the ways those traditions have been bastardized by Orientalist storytellers.

Dan Kois

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