Good-bye

Good-bye

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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.

Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2008.
ISBN: 9781897299371
Branch Call Number: TAT
Characteristics: 204 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Oniki, Yuji
Tomine, Adrian 1974-

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kwsmith
Dec 31, 2017

Haunting and twisted, this novel reminds me of the old black and white "Twilight Zone" TV shows.

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Robin580
Dec 01, 2017

pLEASE CHECK i DO NOT THINK i CHECKED THIS BOOK OUT ROBIN LAMB

Very good collection of often strange short stories with political undertones. Third book in the American release of Tatsumi's short stories. Very satisfied with the quality of this man's often overlooked body of work.

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Renzer
Jul 01, 2012

Drawn in 1971 and 1972, these stories expand Yoshihiro Tatsumi’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 as a result of World War II, and, yet, while American influence does play a role in the disturbing and bizarre stories contained within this volume, as always, it is Tatsumi’s characters that bear his hallmark, muddling through isolated despair and fleeting pleasure to live out their darkly nuanced lives.

Source: Drawn & Quarterly

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