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The Heart of Thomas

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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.

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Pages:
528
Colors:
black & white w/color
Format:
Hardcover
Dimensions:
7" x 9.5"
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-551-8
Year:
2013

"It may have taken 40 years for an English translation to arrive on our shores, but you'll understand what all the fuss is about within the first few pages." — NPR Books

"This gorgeous hardcover from Fantagraphics is a book I've been awaiting for over ten years, and it exceeds my expectations. It's a magnificent, moving story." — Boing Boing

"I found The Heart of Thomas to be both beautiful and emotionally resonant to an extent I’ve rarely experienced. This is a book I’d wholeheartedly recommend to any comics fan, without reservation. It’s an absolute treasure." — Manga Bookshelf

"A wistful and spellbinding tale of forbidden love at a boarding school in Germany. ... Fantagraphics presents this rich and vivid story in a beautiful single hardcover volume." — The Robot's Voice

"There's beautiful '70s shojo artwork, with jewel-eyed, gazelle-like, androgynous characters and decadent imagery. And there's Hagio's great dialogue, her dreamlike sense of unreality and her willingness to get deep into her themes." — Anime News Network

 

   

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.

23-page excerpt (download 8.2 MB PDF):

Video & Photo Slideshow Preview (view in new window):

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