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Utsubora - The Story of a Novelist
     

Utsubora - The Story of a Novelist

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by Asumiko Nakamura
 
Young author Aki Fujino appeared poised to making it big in the world of publishing. Her debut title UTSUBORA was being pitched about to a number of editors and at least one person felt it was set to propel her into stardom. However, before she could ever have her book published, the young woman was found dead. Some believe it was a suicide, but those close to

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Young author Aki Fujino appeared poised to making it big in the world of publishing. Her debut title UTSUBORA was being pitched about to a number of editors and at least one person felt it was set to propel her into stardom. However, before she could ever have her book published, the young woman was found dead. Some believe it was a suicide, but those close to her feel there is something more sinister involved in this young talent's death.

Aki's death has become something straight out of a mystery. Much like the story behind UTSUBORA, there is something more to Aki, Sakura and their relationship with an author named Mizorogi than meets the eye. And it is possible that the only way to solve this mystery may be to uncover all their secrets.

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"Nakamura has created something tense and relentlessly worthwhile. It’s Mature rating will make it a hard sell in a lot of markets, but it’s a valuable book that merits the time readers will put into it. And that’s the great thing. When I first presumed Utsubora to be some sort of lip-service homage to Murakami, I was only seeing plot points and thriller tropes. I thought Nakamura’s book would merely be an amusing ride. Summer reading, something to lounge with poolside. But just as Murakami masks deeper examinations of culture and identity in his novels, so too does Nakamura.”
—Good Ok Bad

"Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist is a visually striking puzzle of a story playing with parallelism...[It] is one of those works that can be read at different points in your life with different interpretations, given its narrative unreliability. This time, I found it about the disillusionment of our idols, and it spurred thoughts on what creativity really means.”
—Comics Worth Reading

"If Satoshi Kon were alive today, he might have been interested in adapting Utsubora, a psychological mystery-drama that blurs the lines between fiction and reality... Asumiko Nakamura's delicate art is perfect for the moments that take place in the characters' heads (and between their bodies); the fusion between real-world elements and abstract lines creates a dreamy otherworld. Even the character designs make a statement about the story: Mizorogi is the old-school, traditionally dressed intellectual, while Fujino is almost unrealistically beautiful. Those little details—along with the big picture—result in a story that's provocative in many ways.”
—Anime News Network

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935654766
Publisher:
Vertical, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Pages:
460
Sales rank:
291,839
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Born in 1979, Asumiko Nakamura is one of Japan's hidden gems. The artist has penned more than 15 titles since 2002 and has reached critical acclaim for her sensitive protrayals of romantic narratives featuring a wide range of characters - men and women, young and old. Nakamura has worked in a range of genres for an equally broad range of audinces winning recognition in almost every category - shojo, women's comics, men's comics, LGBT fiction as well as erotic fiction. Utsubora is her English language debut.

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Utsubora - The Story of a Novelist 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Calisson More than 1 year ago
Utsubora presents a tasteful erotic mystery you want badly to understand. If you are 18 or over and love Japanese comics, you owe it to yourself to buy this book, and now. There is a bit of pompousness in the blurb on the back cover for the manga that would seem to be hard to realistically deliver on, especially for discerning adult readers. However, most of what the publisher says is quite true. But for a little clarification, Utsubora is actually not the first work of the artist to become available in English (and I do mean legally). Though, it is the first of her titles in print form. The previous distinction of ‘first’ was in digital form from a company who is no longer in business. So, as of now Utsubora is also the only example of Asumiko Nakamura’s work available for purchase to English speakers. Hopefully that will change because Utsubora is a fine, rare example of women’s comics from Japan which sadly are rarely published in America. This most recent example however, could quite easily (and I know it does) appeal to all sorts of men as well since it strikes a refined balance between plot and character relationship. Nakamura’s art style is to a certain extent inimitable. The pages are less minimalistic than some of her peers, nor feel as experimental. Her drawings sometime sport grotesque proportions, which in the case of Utsubora most likely accent the eerie and macabre mood found in large parts of the book. Figures contort themselves ever and ever more, seemingly in sync with the story’s own blurred, edgy, sinking path into the depths of human expectation, desire, morality and ugliness. Highly recommended.