Good-bye

Good-bye

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By (author) Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 216mm x 25mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Montreal
  • ISBN 10: 1897299370
  • ISBN 13: 9781897299371
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 104,961

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"Prepare to be disturbed and blown away. The stuff is remarkable, amazing."--"Los Angeles Times""Good-Bye" is the third in a series of collected short stories from Drawn & Quarterly by the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, whose previous work has been selected for several annual "top 10" lists, including those compiled by Amazon and Time.com. Drawn in 1971 and 1972, these stories expand the prolific artist's vocabulary for characters contextualized by themes of depravity and disorientation in twentieth-century Japan.Some of the tales focus on the devastation the country felt directly as a result of World War II: a prostitute loses all hope when American GIs go home to their wives; a man devotes twenty years of his life to preserving the memory of those killed at Hiroshima, only to discover a horrible misconception at the heart of his tribute. Yet, while American influence does play a role in the disturbing and bizarre stories contained within this volume, it is hardly the overriding theme. A philanthropic foot fetishist, a rash-ridden retiree, and a lonely public onanist are but a few of the characters etching out darkly nuanced lives in the midst of isolated despair and fleeting pleasure.

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Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1935, Yoshihiro Tatsumi began writing and drawing comics for a sophisticated adult readership in a realistic style he called "Gekiga." He is the cartoonist of "The Push Man""and Other Stories" and "Abandon the Old in Tokyo."

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Praise for Yoshihiro Tatsumi: “"Abandon the Old in Tokyo" is a revealing time capsule and a strangely moving portrait of survival in a land where everything is changing.” —"Time "“These stories . . . reveal an artist who was making comics that weren’t just adult, but truly mature.” —"The Village Voice"