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Imagine Wanting Only This
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Imagine Wanting Only This


A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief
When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. Along the way, we learn about her family and a rare genetic heart disease that has been passed down through generations, and revisit tragic events in America's past.
A narrative that is at once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind?
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout; part of the Pantheon Graphic Novel series)

Title:Imagine Wanting Only This
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages
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    Imagine Wanting Only This Reviews

  • Kyle Minor
    Mar 15, 2017

    My favorite book of 2017 so far. A must-read for fans of Adrian Tomine, Danica Novgorodoff, Craig Thompson, Daniel Clowes, etc....

  • Jennifer
    Apr 19, 2017

    I don't really even know how to begin this to be honest. I'm just going to sort of ramble.I feel like Radtke took something I hesitantly think about too often (how temporary mankind's time on earth is...

  • Vincent Scarpa
    Feb 28, 2017

    Edit/update: my interview with Kristen for Electric Literature: by the sudden passing of a cherished uncle — his death the result of an inscrutabl...

  • Sean Kottke
    May 02, 2017

    Please note, my feelings about this book are out of step with the critical and popular consensus. First, the image on the cover (which appears in the narrative) isn't possible. There's no spot inside ...

  • Todd
    Apr 19, 2017

    Not exactly a memoir but more a rumination on the impermanence of our lives and what we've built around ourselves, told through black and white, impressively line-drawn illustrations and narrative. Th...

  • Timothy
    May 12, 2017

    I somehow can't resist my own catty retort to the title's directive: I wanted this book to be more than it was, so I was left with the dissatisfaction of not having imagined wanting only this but then...

  • Divine-Asia
    May 18, 2017

    I went into this with too much expectation and excitement. I thought it was going to be a visually beautiful memoir and it was but it was also empty. The author is obsessed with ruin and decay and tel...

  • Tom Hart
    Mar 11, 2017

    I adore this book. The most poetic, searching non-fiction comic I've ever read. An interior journey through abandoned spaces around the globe. A story about breaking hearts. Amazing....

  • Chris Drew
    May 09, 2017

    It is certainly unique, and crafted with thoughtful care. It is truly poignant and profound at moments, and ruminates on its topics and themes with grace and nuance that encourages the readers to part...

  • Mark
    May 19, 2017

    While Ratke was in college, she suddenly lost her beloved uncle. She had a difficult time recovering from his loss and started to take refuge at different ruined and forgotten places, around the U.S. ...