Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. And the possessive love of their mother, Zana, stirs the troubled waters between them even more. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub, the good son, is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return five years later as a virtual stranger to the parents who bore him, his tensions with Omar unchanged. Family secrets engage the reader in this profoundly resonant story about identity, love, loss, deception, and the dissolution of blood ties.
Set in the port city of Manaus on the riverbanks of the Amazon, "Two Brothers" celebrates the vibrant life and diversity of Brazil. Based on a work by acclaimed novelist Milton Hatoum, "Two Brothers" is stunningly reimagined by the award-winning graphic novelists Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.
"This work goes far beyond its publicity hook, which is that Eisner award winning Brazilian twin brothers ("Casanova, Daytripper") have adapted Milton Hatoum s classic novel about twin brothers to the graphic novel form. Narrated mostly by Nael, the illegitimate son of one of the brothers, the tale is presented in a nonlinear narrative with multiple flashbacks, as stories within stories begin to fill in the greater family chronicle spiraling around the twins and their simmering rivalry and hatred. The intricate secrets and lies at the heart of families are set against a backdrop of almost cinematic cityscapes and vistas. Ba and Moon present the naturalistic dynamism of Brazil in their art: sweeping, dramatic organic shapes against the sharp angularity of the people. The stark b&w art crackles to express the subtleties of palpable, barely contained tension between kin, a brutal police beating, and the erotic electricity of an exotic dance. Ba and Moon bring a cool, confident sharpness to their narrative to reflect the shades of gray in this powerful family saga.