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    A Drifting Life (Paperback) By (author) Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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    DescriptionThe 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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    A Drifting Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Yoshihiro Tatsumi
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 840
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 61 mm
    Weight: 1,066 g
    ISBN 13: 9781897299746
    ISBN 10: 1897299745

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: GV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F3.0
    BIC E4L: GRA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    BIC subject category V2: FX
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    DC22: 741.5952
    Libri: I-GV
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO001000
    B&T Approval Code: A02000000
    DC22: 741.5/952
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
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    BISAC V2.8: CGN007000
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    LC classification: NC1709.T37 A2 2009
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    Thema V1.0: AGB, DNB, AJCD, AMB, XQA
    Illustrations note
    black and white illustrations throughout
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Imprint name
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Publication date
    28 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Born in 1935, Yoshihiro Tatsumi began writing and drawing comics for a sophisticated adult readership in a realistic style he called "Gekiga." He has influenced generations of cartoonists and lives in Japan.
    Review quote
    Praise for Yoshihiro Tatsumi: "In the hands of a talent like Tatsumi . . . hidden worlds are excavated and dark corners of the human condition illuminated." --"Bookforum""His nakedly personal work, created when the medium was predominantly impersonal, made Tatsumi unique in Japan and around the world." --"Print"