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Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life Paperback – June 15, 2013
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“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
“A testament not only to how boldly Lust traveled, but also how far she's come as an artist.”
“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
“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)
- 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
About the Author
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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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.
It's a great book for mature readers, and probably also for some older teenagers, although conservative US parents would probably have nightmares about their little 'kids' reading the decadent European truths about life found in this book. Things get dark, this is a young girl trying to survive on her own in an often hostile country.
(Considering the title of this book, "Today Is The Last Day of The Rest Of Your Life", it was a little bit unsettling that I later found out I started reading it the day before its influental translator and publisher Kim Thompson died of cancer. This must have been one of the last books he worked on. He was one of the most brilliant people working behind the scenes in the comics world. R.I.P. Kim ... I never knew him, but he sure influenced my reading-habits)
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