Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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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 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.

About Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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Born in 1935, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who has influenced generations of cartoonists, lives in Japan.
Published June 24, 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tatsumi has been called the “grandfather of Japanese alternative comics,” and this third collection of his stories shows why. Tatsumi takes on subjects as difficult as the legacy of Hir

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