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    Description"These stories get under your skin and invite rereading."" --BookForum """ "Abandon the Old in Tokyo "is the second in a three-volume series that collects the short stories of Japanese cartooning legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Designed and edited by Adrian Tomine, the first volume, "The Push Man and Other Stories," debuted to much critical acclaim and rightfully placed Tatsumi as a legendary precursor to the North American graphic-novel movement. "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 Tatsumi's maturation as a story writer.

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    Abandon the Old in Tokyo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Yoshihiro Tatsumi
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 644 g
    ISBN 13: 9781894937870
    ISBN 10: 1894937872

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F3.0
    BIC E4L: GRA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: FX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 500
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    B&T Approval Code: A23305040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    B&T Approval Code: A23430000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 68
    DC21: 741.5952
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 741.5/952
    BISAC V2.8: CGN001000, CGN006000
    LC classification: PN6790.J33 T38 2006
    Thema V1.0: XA
    Illustrations note
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Imprint name
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Publication date
    01 December 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    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 "
    Review text
    The artist's second volume of stories to be published in the US, originally published in Japan in 1970, shows that the graphic visionary was decades ahead of his time.As the anthology's title suggests, Tatsumi (The Push Man and Other Stories, 2005) set these stories in a period of profound transition, both for Tokyo and for comic art, with the old giving way to the new in the 1960s. The artist's response reflects a deep ambivalence, as progress threatens obsolescence for a protagonist who has long catered to the youth comics market and for his ailing mother, whom modern society treats as refuse. Like the "underground comix" of R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton of the same era, Tatsumi's work opened the comics format to themes that were more mature, often sexual or scatological, and frequently darker than graphic narratives aimed at adolescents. The strength of the illustrations transcends differences in culture and language (the narrative is in English, with graphic signs translated), as Tatsumi depicts the common man-be he a graphic artist or a sewer worker-in the grip of modern forces that he finds complex and confusing. What little humor there is within these seven stories is deadpan, subtle and mostly visual, though there's an irresistible irony in the opening story, "Occupied," in which the protagonist, whose work no longer appeals to kids, finds inspiration in bathroom graffiti, only to get him labeled a pervert in the process. Such a spirit of artistic subversion and self-deprecation sets the tone for the anthology as a whole.Fans of the contemporary graphic narrative won't find this volume of Tatsumi's work dated in the slightest. (Kirkus Reviews)