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A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi/REVIEW

Posted in Autobiography, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Literature, Non-Fiction, Reviews by David on June 17, 2009
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Designer: Adrian Tomine
Paperback: 840 pages, b/w
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (April 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1897299745
ISBN-13: 978-1897299746
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.5 x 2.2 inches
MSRP: $29.95 US / $36.95 CDN
Amazon: $19.77 US / $22.43 CDN


Manga legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi chronicles his life and career in post-war Japan as an ever struggling artist attempting to rediscover both himself and his craft, intertwining his autobiography with the history of Manga. These two narratives are backdropped by the reconstruction of Japan in the post-war period as it struggles to regain national pride while at once being influenced by foreign works such as Western films, animation, and later the hard-boiled realism of American detective comics. Tatsumi (who is depicted in the story as Hiroshi Katsumi) begins his career as a Manga artist as early as middle school, where he and his younger brother write postcard Manga everyday for submission in monthly regional Manga magazines. By the time he was in his second year of high school, Tatsumi was already a fairly well known Manga artist who would begin to tip-toe into the same elite social circle as acclaimed Manga artist Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka became Tatsumi’s mentor during his formative years in high school and early college and was his lifelong inspiration.