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Product Details

  • Series: A Drunken Dream and Other Stories
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993774
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Along with manga giants Keiko Takemiya and Riyoko Ikeda, and other notable female creators known as the Fabulous '49ers who pioneered the shojo revolution, Hagio forever changed the landscape of comics for girls and started a creative industry for women outside of the domicile. A decade after Sailor Moon, American audiences finally have the chance to read Hagio's work and see the genesis of a genre in this anthology. Unlike current shojo manga, Hagio's sentiment is more restrained, recounting a calmer account of destructive sibling rivalry, a quieter portrayal of a romance destined for failure, a subtle unraveling of a young woman in mourning. Her craftsmanship reflects wisdom and exercises the creative strength necessary to unravel and tie together the range of narrative threads that make up the tragedies and slow recoveries of life. In "Angel Mimic," Hagio turns the deflated student-teacher romance on its head, bringing it new life. In "Willow Tree" the story is so subtle, it takes place on the periphery of the page. A Drunken Dream collects stories by Hagio from her beginning, middle, and current career. The consistency of her work is evidence of why she's finally being translated into English and why that was long overdue.
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* 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. The stories are collected in chronological order, affording a glimpse of how Hagio’s storytelling abilities have matured, from the melancholic shojo romances of the 1970s (“Autumn Journey”) to the gender-bending sci-fi from the 1980s (“A Drunken Dream”) to the powerhouse introspective character studies from recent years (“Iguana Girl,” “The Willow Tree”). Two articles written by manga scholar Matt Thorn are also included: an overview of Hagio’s career and place among “The Magnificent Forty-Niners” and an interview with Hagio in which she discusses her work, her life, and how the two intersect. It isn’t often that a book’s back matter is as fascinating as the stories it supports, but Hagio’s openness illuminates the stories in a way mere commentary never could. Although many of the stories included in this volume were ostensibly written for young adults, and may indeed be enjoyed by teens interested in literary manga, this topflight collection will likely resonate most with adult readers. --Eva Volin

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This book also features a brief history about Moto Hagio.
Lizbeth Jimenez
Hagio's themes are deep, tragic, and sometimes very dark; it plays our mind and makes us think.
PanBear
Hard cover and good quality paper...it's a great collection!
Kitty

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PanBear on September 18, 2010
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Let me start off by saying that if you haven't picked up a Hagio Moto manga yet, this one is a GREAT one to start.
Unfortunately, Moto Hagio has not had much exposure to America - which is really surprising because she is one of the most thought-provoking mangakas that I know.
However, Hagio is one of the most well known authors of all time in Japan because she, and a few other brilliant artists, revolutionized the shoujo (girl's comics) genre. If that doesn't say anything, I don't know what does.

So enough about how famous the author is - how is "A Drunken Dream?"
I picked up the book knowing that it was a compilation of short stories (usually, short stories aren't my taste).
Some of short stories in this book are truly wonderful and I can go back just to reread them.
I would be lying if I said that I LOVED each and every one of them but I CAN say that they each gave me a lasting, if not a great, impression.
Hagio's themes are deep, tragic, and sometimes very dark; it plays our mind and makes us think.
Besides the actual content of the book, I'd like to add that this is one beautiful hardcover book to add to anyone's collection. Fantagraphics really went all out for this one and I can say that the quality is impeccable.
The translation is very smooth and doesn't take away from the story either.
There is even bonus content included; an interview with THE Hagio Moto herself!

So if you care more for the plot of the stories and the quality of the book rather than the art style (personally, I think it's very beautiful and detailed), I would truly recommend purchasing a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elias B. on December 12, 2010
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I was first introduced to Moto Hagio's works last year, at the age of 15, by picking up the
entire out-of-print Viz Comics run of They Were Eleven in my local comic shop. Within the
first few pages, I was ensnared by the manga master's artistic prowess, as well as her storytelling
ability. After that chance run-in with the artist, I longed for more of her work, which was a
wish sadly unfulfilled. But leave it to Fantagraphics, publishers of the fantastic Complete Peanuts
series, among others, to pick up a collection of Miss Hagio's phenomenal short manga and compile
them into what could very well be in the top 5 manga released this year.

I suppose it's obvious by now, but I loved this collection of simultaniously heart-wrenching and
heartwarming tales. The titular story is very interesting, but in my opinion, the rest of the
stories this collection is comprised are really what makes this book shine. Choice cuts include
the beautifully simplistic tale of a mother's loss in "The Willow Tree", a confusing yet distressing
story of the consequences of being "different" in "Girl on Porch With Puppy", and a story that
plays out like "Honey and Clover" written by Edgar Allen Poe in "Marie, Ten Years Later."

Every story in this collection is wonderful, though, and each of them will stick with you for
days, if not weeks, after reading them. As a writer, I felt inspired to hit my word processor
after seeing the beautiful potential such seemingly simple stories can have.

But, this being a manga, it wouldn't be the same without the absolutely gorgeous art within
the two covers of this hardback (which are both stunning as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erica Friedman on September 24, 2010
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This might well be the most important manga published to date. Not only does it have some magnificent work by a master of the craft, it's got some pretty candid insights into the mind of that master. And how often can you say you want to HUG a member of the "Magnificent 49ers?" (The nickname for the women who were largely responsible for the creation of shoujo, josei and Boys' Love genres.)

I'll be buying a second copy - for my local library. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on October 20, 2010
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I'm glad that Moto's manga has english edition. I love her manga since I was 13! The quality of this book is great too! Hard cover and good quality paper...it's a great collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Quintana on November 13, 2010
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Hagio illuminates the human condition as well as anybody. I'd put her work up there -- not just with Tezuka -- but with Kurosawa and Ozu. These stories are complex and heartfelt. You want to immerse yourself in them and read them slowly. I have to admit, I knew little of her before, so the in depth interview at the beginning really enhances the book. Speaking of which, it is beautifully made -- hard cover with thick, heavy-weight pages. Hope this is only the beginning of her works being translated.
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