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- Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 218mm x 18mm | 340g
- Publication date: 20 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: Montreal
- ISBN 10: 1770460772
- ISBN 13: 9781770460775
- Illustrations note: Black and White Illustrations
- Sales rank: 133,882
"Abandon the Old in Tokyo "continues to delve into the urban underbelly of 1960s Tokyo, exposing not only the seedy dealings of the Japanese everyman but Yoshihiro Tatsumi's maturation as a storyteller. Many of the stories deal with the economic hardships of the time and the strained relationships between men and women, but do so by means of dark allegorical twists and turns. A young sewer cleaner's girlfriend has a miscarriage and leaves him when he proves incapable of finding higher-paying work. When a factory worker loses his hand on the job, the parallels between him and his pet monkey prove startling and significant.
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Born in 1935, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who has influenced generations of cartoonists, lives in Japan.
Praise for Yoshihiro Tatsumi: "These stories . . . reveal an artist who was making comics that weren't just adult, but truly mature." "--The Village Voice """"The author's careful control of line expresses a broad range of emotion, and his layouts are so thoughtfully paced that his craft becomes invisible, always serving the story rather than drawing attention to itself." "--The Washington Post""""Tatsumi makes it so any of his characters could be any of the others, crafting a powerful and still-potent commentary on the social and sexual roles of Japanese society." "--The Miami Herald"