The Push Man, and Other Stories

The Push Man, and Other Stories

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"Over four decades ago, Yoshihiro Tatsumi expanded the horizons of comics story-telling by using the visual language of manga to tell gritty, literary short stories about the private lives of everyday people. He has been called "the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics" and has influenced generations of cartoonists, but, until now, the majority of his work has remained unavailable outside of Japan. The first in a chronological, multi-volume series, The Push Man and Other Stories is an eye-opening introduction to the provocative and profound comics of a modern master."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Montréal, Quebec : Drawn & Quarterly ; New York, N.Y. : Distributed in the USA and abroad by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005, c1969
Edition: 1st hardcover ed
ISBN: 1896597858
Branch Call Number: 741.5952 TAT
Characteristics: 202 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Oniki, Yuji
Tomine, Adrian 1974-


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Mar 24, 2017

An interesting (though occasionally repetitive and often sexist) examination of men feeling alienated in society, from many angles and in many situations. Perfectly captures the floating sense of disconnection one can feel in urban landscapes. Great art. Quite dark overall.

SilkyNara May 01, 2013

A dark, nasty little world.

Jul 06, 2012

A dozen or more vignettes of people on the bottom of society—not villains, but in desperate circumstances. Not uplifting in any way, but very much worth reading.

vespathekid Jan 30, 2012

A great graphic novel of short tales. Vibrant tales and great images. Worth a read along with all of Tatsumi's work.


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Jul 01, 2012

Thirty years before the advent of the literary graphic novel movement in the United States, Yoshihiro Tatsumi created a library of comics that draws parallels to modern prose fiction and today’s alternative comics. The stories collected in The Push Man are simultaneously haunting, disturbing, and darkly humorous. A lone man travels the country, projecting pornographic films for private individuals while attempting to maintain a normal home life. The lives of two men become intertwined when one hires the other to observe his sexual escapades through a telescope. An auto mechanic’s obsession with a female TV personality turns fatal after a chance meeting between the two.

Source: Drawn & Quarterly


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