Otherworld Barbara (Hardcover)

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By Moto Hagio, Matt Thorn (Translator)
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I know what you need: cannibalistic children, a possessed daughter, a shady pharmacological conglomerate, some creepy android dolls, freak weather related events and the Swiss (the people, not the cheese). Good thing Moto Hagio’s Otherworld Barbara has all these unique features  or else you’d be stuck reading 2-3 different western horror stories and watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie to boot.

In Otherworld Barbara, follow Watarai, our young George Michael doppelganger and who serves as our requisite straight man...as you enter with him into a rich family’s possessed daughter’s dream construct, a simple but pleasant enough rural island populated by what initially seems to be just some regular village folk. The kids here are alright too...except they can float around and people have some strange xenophobia towards outsiders.

But when the Island of Baraba starts cropping up in Watari’s real outside life in seemingly random ways he suspects it’s more than just serendipity...

Take your metaphorical corn chip and dip into layer after layer of storytelling so rich I am getting indigestion just thinking about it. With some throwbacks to Inception or Pan’s Labyrinth and enough dissociative females to shake a Murakami novel at, Otherworld Barbara doesn’t disappoint.

Recommendation: find a hermetically sealed container to store your disbelief while you read

— From Garrett


Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the first volume (of two) of Moto Hagio's Otherworld Barbara, in which Tokio discovers a phantom island named Barbara. Then there's a mysterious and missing geneticist, an eccentric clergyman, a grieving grandmother granted temporary youth, a psychologist killed by a freak tornado... Hagio offers a sci-fi explanation for these seemingly random paranormal elements, and makes it all matter with believable characters in complex and subtle relationships.This book won the"Nebula Award of Japan" (Nihon SF Taishō Award) in 2006.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781606999431
ISBN-10: 1606999435
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English