The Push Man and Other Stories

The Push Man and Other Stories

Book - 2005 | First hardcover ed. / edited by Adrian Tomine.
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Yoshihiro Tatsumi is the grandfather of alternative manga for the adult reader, predating the modern graphic novel movement in the West by 30 years. With an introduction and interview of Tatsumi by Adrian Tomine, this debut volume in a new series collects for the first time in North America this legendary cartoonist's haunting and darkly humorous, sexual and disturbing short stories about Japanese urban life.
Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2005.
Edition: First hardcover ed. / edited by Adrian Tomine.
ISBN: 9781896597850
Branch Call Number: TATSU
Characteristics: 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tomine, Adrian 1974-


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Dec 03, 2017

Haunting and disturbing, this novel explores the darker side of everyday people living and working in a large Japanese city. It seems that Yoshihiro Tatsumi is an older Japanese version of Adrian Tomine.

Mar 24, 2017

An interesting (though occasionally repetitive and often sexist) examination of men feeling alienated in society, from many angles and in many situations. Perfectly captures the floating sense of disconnection one can feel in urban landscapes. Great art. Quite dark overall.

SilkyNara May 01, 2013

A dark, nasty little world.

Jul 06, 2012

A dozen or more vignettes of people on the bottom of society—not villains, but in desperate circumstances. Not uplifting in any way, but very much worth reading.

vespathekid Jan 30, 2012

A great graphic novel of short tales. Vibrant tales and great images. Worth a read along with all of Tatsumi's work.


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Jul 01, 2012

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

Source: Drawn & Quarterly

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