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- Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
- Format: Paperback | 840 pages
- Dimensions: 165mm x 221mm x 56mm | 1,338g
- Publication date: 28 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: Montreal
- ISBN 10: 1897299745
- ISBN 13: 9781897299746
- Illustrations note: black and white illustrations throughout
- Sales rank: 22,641
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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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.
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"