A Single Match

A Single Match

Book - 2010 | 1st hardcover ed.
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A new author in D+Q's acclaimed gekiga line

In this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories, Oji Suzuki explores memory, relationships, and loss with a loose narrative style, filling each tale with a sense of unfulfilled longing. He plumbs the dissolute depths of human psychology, literally bathing his characters in expansive shadows that paradoxically reveal as much as they obscure. A young man catches a cold after being soaked in the rain and is tended to by his grandmother. He drifts, dreaming of a train trip with an olderbrother he doesn't have. A traveling salesman comes across a boy lying in the middle of the road and stops to have a cigarette and tell a story that sifts through memories of faces and places before settling back on the boy and pretending to not look at the stars. A young woman walks along the river with her bicycle and a friend who is nothing more than a disembodied head--discussing past times together, memories they have of each other.

Although he touches on many of the same themes as his contemporaries in the field of postwar alternative manga--Yoshihiro Tsuge ( L'Homme Sans Talent ) and Seiichi Hayashi ( Red Coloured Elegy )--Suzuki uses an ever shifting narrative approach and dashes of surrealist humor to distinguish his work from that of his peers.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2010.
Edition: 1st hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781770460096
1770460098
Branch Call Number: SUZUK
Characteristics: 267 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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Jul 09, 2016

Dark drawings, moody stories.

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