Habibi, Craig Thompson’s new graphic novel, is an epic six years in the making. Set in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, spanning ancient and modern epochs, Habibi tells the story of Dodola and Zam, child slaves who fall in love and dwell on a boat moored in a desert, before being dragged violently into lives of suffering and misery. It is a melodramatic tale full of humour, conflict, and heartbreak. It reminded me of Osamu Tezuka’s histories and of Will Eisner’s gritty, realistic fables.
Oslo Davis reviews 'Habibi' by Craig Thompson
by Craig Thompson
Faber, $39.99 hb, 672 pp, 9780571241323
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Oslo Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist. His work appears regularly in The Age and various magazines worldwide. In 2011 Oslo was a Walkley Award finalist.
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