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A Single Match Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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Oji Suzuki was born in 1949 in Nagoya, Japan. He moved to Tokyo in 1967 and within two years his first short stories were published in the avant-garde Japanese comics magazine Garo. Throughout the 1970s and '80s at least ten collections of his short stories were published. Suzuki has produced short films and has written and drawn children's books.
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My one major complaint about this particular publication is that there is no context given whatsoever, except a very short blurb about Oji Suzuki. I would have loved an introduction to the works, something about when they were published, the cultural significance of the stories, where he drew inspiration from, anything! But the works are presented as-is and that can really feel alienating, especially since they don't always speak for themselves. It's odd that Drawn and Quarterly decided not to provide contextual essays, especially since they included historical/cultural information for most every other work in their gekiga line.
On the book itself: It's hardcover and printed on nice, bright paper, and is handsomely designed. This'll definitely stand out on your bookshelf.
Overall, if you're interested in something challenging that you can reread again and again and notice something new or different each time, definitely pick up this. If you're brand new to gekiga (or even classic manga in general), I'd recommend first reading A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (also published by D+Q) to get the cultural and historical context that A Single Match lacks. If you don't enjoy abstract work, you most likely won't enjoy A Single Match.