Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories

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Fantagraphics, 2003 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 522 pages
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For the first time ever, Fantagraphics is proud to present a single-volume collection of Gilbert Hernandez's "Heartbreak Soup" stories from Love & Rockets, which along with RAW magazine defined the modern literary comics movement of the post-underground generation. This massive volume collects every "Heartbreak Soup" story from 1993 to 2002 in one 500-page deluxe hardcover edition, presenting the epic for the first time as the single novel it was always intended to be. Palomar is the mythical Central American town where the "Heartbreak Soup" stories take place. The stories weave in and out of the town's entire population, crafting an intricate tapestry of Latin American experience. Hernandez's densely plotted and deeply imagined tales are often compared with magic realist authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende (House of the Spirits). His depictions of women and Mexican-American experience have been universally lauded as the best examples the artform has to offer. Luba, the guiding spirit of Palomar since the outset, has been hailed by The Nation, Rolling Stone, and Time magazine as one of the great characters of contemporary American fiction. Hernandez's work, in addition to the obvious magic realist comparisons, shares an affinity with other Latin American and Spanish writer/artists, like Frida Kahlo, Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Picasso, all of whom applied a surrealist eye to what they saw and experienced. Palomar follows the lives of its residents from Luba's arrival in the town to her exit, twenty years later. Included are such classic tales as "Sopa de Gran Pena," "Ecce Homo," "An American in Palomar," "Human Diastrophism," and "Farewell, Mi Palomar." Palomar presents one of the richest accomplishments in the history of the artform in its ideal format for the first time, making it a must-have for longtime Love & Rockets fans and new readers alike.

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Review: Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories (Complete Love and Rockets)

User Review  - David - Goodreads

GREAT BOOK. That is till about 50-100 pages before the end. I first loved Beto's stories and stumbled through Xaime's stuff. Beto's world felt like someplace I could have been living and I felt a ... Read full review

Review: Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories (Complete Love and Rockets)

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

The Love and Rockets comics/the Hernandez Brothers may be my favorite discovery this year. How did I go all of these years without any knowledge of these books? Anyway, Palomar is another total ... Read full review

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Contents

The Way Thingsre Going
240
Act of Contrition Part Three 92
311
The Way Things Went
465
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About the author (2003)

Gilbert Hernandez lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife and daughter. He is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically-acclaimed series Love and Rocket s. His books include Chance in Hell , The Troublemakers , Luba , Palomar , Speak of the Devil , Sloth , The High Soft Lisp , Love from the Shadows, Girl Crazy , Yeah! and many books in the Love and Rockets series.

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