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Lust takes readers inside her experiences, letting them feel how high hopes can devolve into raw survival. (Noel Murray - The A.V. Club)

...[A] sprawling, meditative graphic novel... [that] ripples with exuberance: [Lust] convincingly evokes her teenage feelings of fury and joy, and the small details of the way she experienced unfamiliar places for the first time. (Douglas Wolk - The New York Times)

A youthful-looking 40-something now living in Berlin, Ulli Lust claims to have learned ‘more on the streets than in the books’… varying the rhythm and framing of her panels, populating them with her subtly stylized characters, she provides an unvarnished vision of male-female relations in which violence, drugs and sex perform a diabolical dance. And even though there are flashes of humor, this relentless story remains focused on the frustration of men and the pain of women. (Le Monde)

There is a rejection of the organization of the world, from organized faith to organized crime. It is about the pursuit of nihilism as a route to integrity. Ulli Lust has the intelligence to look at her life and make a book of it. (Eddie Campbell - (From Hell, Alec))

Great cartooning. (Kevin Huizenga - (Ganges, Gloriana))

Told with great confidence and uncomfortable frankness across a sprawling 450 pages, it is a coming-of-age narrative that inevitably places itself in the tradition of German travel literature, perhaps unwittingly joining the company of such august figures as Goethe and Hesse. (Matthias Wivel - The Metabunker)

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Ulli Lust was born in 1967 in Vienna, Austria. Her cartooning work has mainly comprised comics reportages; Today Is the Last Day... is her first graphic novel, and her first work to be translated into English. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Kim Thompson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1956 and joined Fantagraphics in 1977. He lives in Seattle with his wife, his dog, and his thousands of comics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160699557X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995570
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael 'De Smurführer' Thomsen on July 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical The Complete Persepolis sort of became an international publishing event, and that means that there have been lots a slightly similar autobiographical graphic novels published both in the US and in Europe... so many that it's almost become a dominant modern comics genre. Many of them have not quite been as good as Persepolis. Some have been stunning artistic achievements - for example brilliant books like Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Epileptic, but they've also been perhaps a little bit dry compared with the compulsively readable (and often very funny) "Persepolis".

This book feels like the real thing - it's the the book people can search out if they enjoyed "Persepolis". It's got a charismatic rebellous 'punky' female main character not too far removed from Marjane in "Persepolis". It's set in the 80s, and it's got an international outlook. In some ways I think it may even be a better book than "Persepolis". "Persepolis" had flawed minimal art in the early chapters and a few self-indulgent scenes that were mostly fixed in the brilliant movie version. Ulli Lust's book, on the other hand, just feels perfect. The writing and the vivid recollections are astonishing. And the art is loose and almost sketchy, but I wouldn't change a line. It just feels so right and perfect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Stein on August 19, 2013
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Finished this incredible page turner last night. Over the years I've developed a love for autobiographical graphic novels and this one was knocked out of the park. When the artist was 16 in Austria, she got into the punk scene and met some chick and they decided to illegally cross the border into Italy with no money in their pocket. It's just a wonderful, street level view of 80's Italy. As horrible as it sounds, it was fascinating to see how Italians treat women, especially in Palermo. Apparently they expect their women to have honor, so when a woman says no...that's expected. But no doesn't mean no in Italy. She ends up in a Villa owned by the son of the head of mafia in Palermo and barely escapes with her life. There's drugs, sex and incredible portrayals of the beauty of Italy by a woman I've never heard of but will certainly be keeping an eye out for. The book may seem a little expensive but when you consider it's the size of a phone book, it's worth twice the price. Highly recommended to anyone even slightly interested in the subject matter. Loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A voracious reader on June 15, 2013
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Not only is the artwork really good and not only is this a true story, but it's beautifully-rendered and very compelling. The book is quite lengthy, but there's not a false note.
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Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is one hell of a read.
The size was daunting at first, but as soon as I saw how raw and punk Mrs. Lust's drawings are I was hooked.

I wanted to get right into the meat of the story (without cutlery.) I felt this book portrayed the tenacity of the human spirit (despite the many mistakes and follies,) and how the most challenging situations can lead to unexpected triumphs (knowledge of the self.)

I was at the mercy of Ulli's exploits every time she'd cash in for the night, only to discover another sleazy Italian man trying to get in her pants. I was impressed by her expressive drawing style and brutally honest storytelling (as best she remembers.)

Having travelled through Europe & India on a lot of faith and very little money, I know that this book is as real as it gets, (despite not getting accosted or ogled at every corder.) I can honestly say that TITLDOTROYL is a ride well worth taking.
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