The Push Man and Other Stories

The Push Man and Other Stories

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by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
     
 

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Thirty years before the advent of the literary graphic novel movement in the United States, Yoshihiro Tatsumi created a library of comics that draw 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

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Thirty years before the advent of the literary graphic novel movement in the United States, Yoshihiro Tatsumi created a library of comics that draw 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

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Publishers Weekly
Tatsumi's brief, disturbing stories, originally published in 1969, have a tone somewhere between contemporary short fiction and EC Comics' old "shock" comics. Each hinges on some kind of prurient or sexually twisted situation: a man's bedridden lover turns out to be a physically mutated sex slave; an office worker puts on his girlfriend's makeup and clothes and has an affair with another woman; a man who disinfects telephones for a living calls a prostitute, but can't think of anything to do but pull out his disinfection kit. Produced over a short period of time, the stories are variations on a theme of social maladjustment. Tatsumi draws marvelously evocative settings, and his stories flow with dreamlike ambiguity, speeding toward the inevitable tragedies at their ends, but his characters appear practically identical. This reinforces both the repetitive nature of his themes and Tatsumi's view of the common man's continuing struggle in a merciless world of menial jobs, impotence and abortions. Tatsumi is known as the "grandfather of Japanese alternative comics," and this is the first in a proposed series of authorized English-language collections of his work. His work anticipates American alternative comics, making it clear why American cartoonist Adrian Tomine, who edited this collection, was attracted to the work. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770460768
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
571,684
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1935, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who has influenced generations of cartoonists, lives in Japan.

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The Push Man and Other Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection blew me away. These works showed how real life looks like when you strip away the cuteness and normalcy. It plays with the readers little danger zones and exposes one to the fact that America has these same situations and not just Japan. A must read for all openminded intelectuals.