Habibi, based on a Middle Eastern fable, tells the story of
Dodola, who escapes being sold into slavery and rescues an abandoned
baby she names Zam. They live in isolation in an old boat in the
desert. As they age their relationship shifts from mother and son, to
brother and sister and eventually lovers. In the meantime however
Dodola is forced to prostitute herself to desert traders in order to
provide for Zam.
When he seeks an alternative means of income Dodola is captured
by the 'sultan and Zam is forced into a quest to try and rescue her.
At heart Habibi is, like Blankets, a profound love story, but
it also functions as a parable about the environment and the state of
the world. 'set in the place where Christianity and Islam began, it
explores the fundamental connection between these religions, and also
the relationship between the first and the third world and the
increasingly important battle for the earth's resources. Ambitious,
but always deeply felt, Habibi is a beautifully drawn and
moving graphic novel that will get a huge amount of attention.
Text in English
Taal / Language : English
Faber & Faber
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