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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; 1st Hardcover Ed edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897299370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897299371
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. 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 Hiroshima, incest and the sexual humiliations of postwar Japanese soldiers, yet is never exploitative. Instead, the stories humanize all of the characters involved. Tatsumi excels at depicting honest human reactions to complex situations, and he refuses to rely on a single style of storytelling. The first story, Hell, is a brief masterpiece. A freelance photojournalist snaps a picture of one of the infamous Hiroshima shadows—shadows of people burnt into the walls by the intensity of the atomic blast. The shadow appears to be a boy rubbing his mother's back, but years later, the photographer learns the awful truth behind the scene. By contrast, Just a Man forgoes the O. Henry twist, instead telling a circular slice-of-life story about the quiet despair of a Japanese salaryman. Rash, a brief story of a man afflicted with a psychosomatic skin condition, reads as if Haruki Murakami decided to try his hand at manga. Tatsumi's art is masterful: he switches art styles from cartoony manga to stark realism with ease and is equally adept at depicting graceful motion, grisly suffering and complicated emotion. (July)
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The 1971–72 stories in Tomine’s third collection of vintage works by revolutionary manga artist Tatsumi portray a society haunted by loss and mired in resignation in the quarter-century following World War II. Although Tatsumi typically depicts malaise-entrapped protagonists without spelling out the social causes of their despondency, several tales here are uncharacteristically political, set just after the war and addressing its actual effect or, more precisely, that of Japan’s face-losing defeat on the characters rather than only suggesting it. In the harrowing “Good-Bye,” a woman turns to prostitution with American soldiers, while her father heedlessly exploits her situation. In “Hell,” a photographer finds his life’s meaning in a photo he took in A-bombed Hiroshima but learns the harsh truth behind the image decades later. In other stories, a henpecked man decides to squander his squirreled-away savings on a prostitute, a bar hostess remains faithful to her imprisoned boyfriend, and a retired salaryman suffers a mysterious rash. Tatsumi’s mastery of the visual simplicity of classic manga gives a stark power to these devastating, uncompromising pieces. --Gordon Flagg

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By animate ~ on August 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The selections for D&Q's third Tatsumi publishing were mostly taken from 1971 or '72, around the time that he was moving away from rental comics (similar to rental movies in America) and into magazine publishing, which impacted his work greatly.

The stories are mostly concerned with the daily nuances of life; many of the stories end on the exact note that they begin on. Some of them are less serious in tone, but the first ("HELL") and last ("GOOD-BYE") are especially unnerving in one way or another. Without giving too much away, I'll say that the first story immediately brought me into Hiroshima and its aftermath. Tatsumi has a way of bringing readers into his art with his gorgeous drawings and shading. The writing itself is superb, too, with themes being more adult oriented ("gekiga") than typical shonen manga.

War, sex, murder, mystery, fetishism -- Tatsumi covers all the bases of the Japanese underbelly, and in this third volume goes more political than before. This is highly recommended.

His next publishing will be "A DRIFTING LIFE", an 820 page autobiographical work involving a post-war adolescent growing into a budding manga artist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2008
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I've enjoyed all of Tatsumi's published work (that is in English), and purchased the books for my small library. His art provides social commentary in a rare form that could be considered *extremely* offensive to some -- fair warning!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Yun on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kudos to Drawn & Quarterly and Adrian Tomine for bringing Yoshihiro Tatsumi's work to the US! Good-Bye is the third collection of Tatsumi's short stories and each collection just gets better. Tatsumi's style that mixes realistic backgrounds with cartoon characters works so well. His stories are darker than typical manga of the time, yet they are so relevant in the present day. I hope D&Q continues to publish his work here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Yoshihro Tatsumi, Good-Bye (Drawn and Quarterly, 2008)

With every collection of Yoshihiro Tatsumi stories that Drawn and Quarterly releases, I find myself becoming more and more enamored of the man's work. I wasn't really sure that was possible; after all, D&Q's first Tatsumi collection, The Push Man and Other Stories, made my beat-reads-of-the-year list back a couple of years ago. But, yes, they just keep getting better. Good-Bye, which collects pieces Tatsumi wrote in the early- to mid-seventies, does something I'm not sure I thought was possible where manga is concerned: it shows that it's possible for an artist to come up with overtly political stories in the genre that actually still work as stories. Difficult to do in any artistic medium, and thus all the more impressive when they actually work. (Don't try this at home, kiddies; Tatsumi is a professional's professional, and he makes it look easy, rather like Bukowski does with poetry. He gets a lot of bad imitators, too.) If you're familiar with Tatsumi, you've got some idea of what to expect; the characters here are on the fringes and in the lower classes of society, for the most part, and are being acted on by forces over which they have little, if any, control; there are few positive resolutions in a book written by Tatsumi. Depressing stuff, to be sure, but brilliant in the same way that Mishima's stories are brilliant. The destination is not somewhere you want to be, but the journey is exquisite. Drawn and Quarterly's next Tatsumi project is a nine-hundred-page autobiographical comic; I, for one, can't wait. **** ˝
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roy Clark VINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
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This bound book of early japanese comics isn't as entertaining as it is informative. The comics are
grim symbols of a culture recovering from war, reconstructing both cultures and minds. As such, they're more sociology than frivolity.

They're aiming for shock effect, reflecting the cynicism of post-war Japan. Neurotic and erotic in stark black and white renditions their emotions are readily apparent. Anger, frustration and disappointments mark every story. But the harsh art conveying the hopelessness of the characters does cause one to think about how wars go on long after a truce is signed.

Many fine anti-war/post WWII movies cover the same ground.
This one comes to mind: Red Angel It offers
the same kind of angst and hopeless anger from an adjacent
time period. Akira Kurosawa also has several films on this dark
topic.

. . . Not for young people; Maybe just for comics
academics/historians or WWII vets on either side.
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