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Heart of Thomas

Overview

A shojo classic in english for the first time.
The setting: A boys’ boarding school in Germany, sometime in the latter 20th Century. Fourteen year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death immediately after sending a single, brief letter to a schoolmate:To Juli, one last time
This is my love
This is the sound of ...

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Overview

A shojo classic in english for the first time.
The setting: A boys’ boarding school in Germany, sometime in the latter 20th Century. Fourteen year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death immediately after sending a single, brief letter to a schoolmate:To Juli, one last time
This is my love
This is the sound of my heart
Surely you must understand
Thus begins the legendary and enigmatic Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio. Inspired by Jean Delannoy’s 1964 film, Les Amitiés Particulieres, The Heart of Thomas was nearly cancelled early in its serialization, in 1974, until Hagio’s first trade paperback, The Poe Clan, Volume 1, sold out in a single day, giving her new series a new lease on life. The result was a story more complex, less accessible, and yet so compelling it can be found near or at the top of any list of classic shojo manga. Translated by manga scholar Matt Thorn and packaged with the same loving attention to detail as Hagio’s Eisner Award nominated A Drunken Dream, The Heart of Thomas is already the most eagerly anticipated manga translation of the new decade.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The impact of Hagio’s work on the shojo (Girls) and shonen-ai (boy love) genres of manga is clear from this classic, trailblazing story of boarding school love, appearing for the first time in English. Opening with the suicide of an angelic boy named Thomas, the story follows the friendships between the fraught Juli, rebellious Oskar, and a new transfer student, Erich, who looks exactly like the dead boy. Juli blames himself for Thomas’s death, and Erich’s presence drives him into madness; Oskar tries to protect both Juli and Erich from themselves, as the secrets that all of them bear are slowly revealed. The romances between the boys are engaging but nearly ritualized, like many manga romance conventions. Each character’s inner search for healing and redemption from his own darkness is compelling. Hagio’s influence on popular, modern manga such as Fruits Basket and Loveless, in both her clear art style and her internally dark tone, is abundantly obvious. An introduction by translator Matt Thorn places Hagio’s work in the context of when it was published and offers a fascinating window onto manga history. (Jan.)
Booklist
“Once the folks at Fantagraphics decided to dip their toes in the manga pool, they didn't mess around. Hagio’s stories are infused with dark emotions — longing, jealousy, remorse — that are instantly identifiable and, hence, often uncomfortable to confront.”
Giant Robot
“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.”
World Literature Today
“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...”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606995518
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 1/18/2013
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 479,206
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Moto Hagio was born in 1949 and lives in Japan. She is widely considered the most beloved shōjo manga artist of all time. Her graphic novel A Drunken Dream was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2011.

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