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    DescriptionA NEW COLECTION OF STORIES FROM THE FOREFATHER OF THE JAPANESE LITERARY COMICS MOVEMENT In "Fallen Words," Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of "rakugo "and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga. Each of the eight stories in the collection is lifted from the Edo-era Japanese storytelling form. As Tatsumi notes in the afterword, the world of "rakugo," filled with mystery, emotion, revenge, hope, and, of course, love, overlaps perfectly with the world of "Gekiga "that he has spent the better part of his life developing. These slice-of-life stories resonate with modern readers thanks to their comedic elements and familiarity with human idiosyncrasies. In one, a father finds his son too bookish and arranges for two workers to take the young man to a brothel on the pretext of visiting a new shrine. In another particularly beloved "rakugo "tale, a married man falls in love with a prostitute. When his wife finds out, she is enraged and sets a curse on the other woman. The prostitute responds by cursing the wife, and the two escalate in a spiral of voodoo doll cursing. Soon both are dead, but even death can't extinguish their jealousy. Tatsumi's love of wordplay shines through in the telling of these whimsical stories, and yet he still offers timeless insight into human nature.

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    Fallen Words
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Yoshihiro Tatsumi
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 184 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    ISBN 13: 9781770460744
    ISBN 10: 1770460748

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25860
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: GV
    BIC E4L: GRA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 02
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    DC22: 741.5952
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F3.1
    Libri: I-GV
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    BIC subject category V2: FXA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    B&T General Subject: 400
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 741.5/952
    BISAC V2.8: CGN006000
    DC23: 741.5952
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PN6790.J33 T38513 2012
    Illustrations note
    Black and White Illustrations
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Imprint name
    Drawn and Quarterly
    Publication date
    23 May 2012
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    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 "A Drifting Life" "One of Japan's most important visual artists." "--The New York Times """A Drifting Life "is as involving and thorough as any prose memoir, while remaining as immediate and concise as the best comics. It is, honestly, one of the most significant works the medium has ever produced." --"The Onion", The A.V. Club