Craig Thompson – Habibi

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the internationally acclaimed author of Blankets (“A triumph for the genre.”Library Journal), a highly anticipated new graphic novel.
 
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Pantheon Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Stāsts arābu un musulmaņu pasaulē ne tikai par diviem izbēgušiem vergiem Dodolu un Zamu, kā viens otru atrod, pazaudē un atkal atrod, bet arī par atšķirīgu kultūru. Tiek izmantots daudz reliģisku stāstu, mītu un leģendu, kuri veiksmīgi tiek iepīti iekšā kā pamācības no Dodolas mazajam puikam. Noteikti iesakāma ne tikai grafisko noveļu cienītājiem, bet pirmām kārtām dažādu kultūru, reliģiju un dzīvesveidu zinātkārajiem.

Dodola un Zam sastopas attiecīgi 12 un 3 gadu vecumā. Attiecības, kādas izveidojas starp abiem, varētu dēvēt, kā attiecības starp māti un dēlu vai māsu un brāli, kur tad arī rodas pamats pamācībām ar reliģisko piesitienu. Tikpat interesants ir abu mājoklis – pamests kuģis tuksneša vidū, kurā var justies droši -, bet ne pārāk tālu no karavānu ceļiem (iztikas avots). Viss ir jauki un rožaini līdz mirklim, kad Zams sasniedz tīņa gadus, un bez vienkāršas patikas pret Dodolu rodas arī iekāre.

Savās gaitās prom vienam no otra gan Dodola, gan Zams piedzīvo izaugsmi un rūgtās dzīves mācības diezgan skarbā veidā, neviens netiek lutināts. Piebildīšu vien divus vārdus – harēms un einuhi.

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Melnbaltās ilustrācijas kalpo kā vēl viens rīks labākam grāmatas stāsta izklāstam, un citas krāsas pat nav nepieciešamas. Ornamenti un ļoti atšķirīgais valodas pieraksts vien ir ko vērts. : )

Šobrīd gandrīz pusē esmu ar Lato Lapsas ‘’Zem Muhameda bārdas’’, kas arī skar līdzīgu pasauli. Nezinu, vai šīs grāmatas ir laba kombinācija, bet sliktāk jau nevajadzētu būt, ne?

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A story in the Arabian and Muslim world not only about two escaped slaves Dodola and Zam, how they met, lost and then found each other again, but also about a different culture. Many religious stories, myths and legends are successfully used as little life lessons by Dodola to the boy. This book can definitely be recommended to not only lovers of graphic novels but firstly to those who are curious about various cultures, religions and lifestyles.

Dodola and Zam meet when they are 12 and 3 years old. You could say that the relationship between them evolve like between mother and child or sister and brother. Their home, an abandoned ship in the middle of the desert, is a place where they can feel safe; also it’s not far from caravans (their food source). Everything is nice and cosy until Zam reaches his teen years when Dodola starts to feel attractive and desirable to him.

When their lives separate for both Dodola and Zam life becomes harsher, but through that they experience a personal growth, no one is spoiled. I will add only two words – harem and eunuchs.

Currently I’m reading also Zem Muhameda bārdas by Lato Lapsa which is about similar themes and world. Not sure if they are a good combination but they couldn’t make it worse, right?

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