A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

A Drifting Life Paperback Apr 14 2009

By Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Paperback
$29.71 USD

The epic autobiography of a manga master Acclaimed for his visionary short-story collections "The Push Man and Other Stories," "Abandon the Old in Tokyo," and "Good-Bye" originally created nearly forty years ago, but just as resonant now as ever the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has come to be recognized in North America as a precursor of today's graphic novel movement. "A Drifting Life" is his monumental memoir eleven years in the making, beginning with his experiences as a child in Osaka, growing up as part of a country burdened by the shadows of World War II.Spanning fifteen years from August 1945 to June 1960, Tatsumi's stand-in protagonist, Hiroshi, faces his father's financial burdens and his parents' failing marriage, his jealous brother's deteriorating health, and the innumerable pitfalls that await him in the competitive manga market of mid-twentieth-century Japan. He dreams of following in the considerable footsteps of his idol, the manga artist Osamu Tezuka ("Astro Boy," "Apollo's Song," "Ode to Kirihito," "Buddha") with whom Tatsumi eventually became a peer and, at times, a stylistic rival. As with his short-story collection, "A Drifting Life" is designed by Adrian Tomine."

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Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publisher
Drawn and Quarterly
Publication date
Apr 14 2009
Language
English
ISBN-13
9781897299746
ISBN-10
1897299745
Weight
1066g
Dimensions
165.0mm by 216.0mm

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