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The Heart of Thomas

Details for this: Book
Author: Moto Hagio; edited and translated by Matt Thorn
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 524
Dimensions: 7" x 9.5"
Colors: black and white with some duotone
Year: 2013
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-551-8
Additional Details: © 2007 Moto HAGIO All rights reserved.
Original Japanese edition トーマの心臓 (Thomas no Shinzō) published in 1995 by Shogakukan Inc., Tokyo.

Price: $39.99

 


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Eisner Award Nominee Seal2014 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material — Asia

One of ALA-YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2014

Ranked #6 on Topless Robot's 10 Best Manga of 2013

Named Pick of the Year by Manga Bookshelf's Melinda Beasi

Listed by Shaenon Garrity in Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey

The setting: A boys' boarding school in Germany, sometime in the mid-20th Century. One winter day, fourteen year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death, immediately after sending a single, brief letter to another boy at the school:

To Juli, one last time.
This is my love.
This is the sound of my heart.
Surely you must understand.

Thus begins Moto Hagio's The Heart of Thomas — one of the most compelling and enigmatic manga graphic novels ever created, and a pioneer in the popular boys'-romance "shounen-ai" genre. Thomas's death (was it an accident? Suicide? Or even murder?) immediately throws the school into turmoil, while his letter sets off a chain of emotional upheaval both for the recipient and an ever-expanding circle of friends, family, and teachers, as secrets are revealed and shared. And then a new boy who looks exactly like Thomas shows up at school…

Unabashedly romantic and emotionally complex, The Heart of Thomas features an unusual, richly imagined setting and a cast of memorable characters. This timeless masterpiece is now finally available to American readers.

ERRATA: Editor Matt Thorn points out a small production error which made its way into the printed book. Our apologies.

(After you've read the book, see our book club discussion questions.)

23-page excerpt (download 8.2 MB PDF):

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Praise for A Drunken Dream and Other Stories:

Eisner Award Nominee SealAbout.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Winner2011 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Winner, Best New One-Shot Manga

One of Booklist's Top 10 Adult Graphic Novels for 2010

Named to numerous "Best of 2010" lists including Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Graphic Novels and Comics of 2010, Publishers Weekly's Fifth Annual Critics Poll; Publishers Weekly's Critic's Picks: Manga in 2010, About.com: Manga (named the Best New Manga of 2010), The Manga Critic (named the Best Manga of 2010), New York Magazine's Top Ten Comics of 2010, NPR's Most Memorable Comics & Graphic Novels of 2010 and many more.

"Once the folks at Fantagraphics decided to dip their toes in the manga pool, they didn’t mess around, choosing to launch their new manga line with this collection of short stories from one of the most influential creators of manga for women. Not a retrospective of a waning master, the book instead showcases a career four decades in the making that remains vibrant and relevant today. Hagio’s stories are infused with dark emotions — longing, jealousy, remorse — that are instantly identifiable and, hence, often uncomfortable to confront." – Eva Volin, Booklist (Starred Review)

"Moto Hagio is a genius and leader in the style of shojo manga (comics for women readers). [...] The stories aren't about make-up and kitties, though. They're actually deep, complicated, and often deal with family relationships. At times, the works can be a bit abstract, as well, using allegories and plenty of symbolism. In the end, Moto's work has no need to be categorized as any different from any other realistic manga. Bound in hardcover format with gold foil, this amazing collection deserves a place in any serious manga reader's collection." – Eric Nakamura, Giant Robot

"The stories here are plucked from [Hagio's] sea of accomplishments, span four decades, and feature such common themes as friendship, siblings, death, the woods, the future, and love. Most come across as either quite poignant, deliciously odd, or frickin' creepy." – Whitney Dwire, Bust

"Hagio Moto remains one of the most criminally undertranslated mangaka to have barely made an impression on the English-language manga market. It is criminal because of the profundity of her impact on the art form in Japan as it hit a crucial development phase in the 1970s. A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is... a down payment on the exploration of that legacy as it collects a number of short pieces that hint at the span and depth of her work..." – Rob Vollmarr, World Literature Today



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