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Title(s): Abandon The Old in Tokyo
Toukyou Ubasuteyama
東京うばすて山
Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Author(s): TATSUMI Yoshihiro
Artist(s): TATSUMI Yoshihiro
Genres: Adult, Drama, Historical, Seinen, Slice of life, Tragedy
Start Date: 1970
Status: Completed
Summary:
Over four decades ago, Yoshihiro Tastsumi expanded the horizons of comics storytelling by using the visual language of manga to tell gritty, literary short stories about the private lives of everyday people. He has been called "the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics" and has influenced generations of cartoonists, but, until now, the majority of his works has remained unavailable outside of Japan. By turns poetic, comical, and deeply unsettling, Abandon the Old in Tokyo is a collection of unforgettable short stories from the modern master.
- Drawn & Quarterly

"Starkly beautiful... revelatory... fearless."
- The Village Voice

"Marvelously evocative... Tatsumis's stories flow with dreamlike ambiguity"
- Publishers Weekly

"With both fascination and empathy, Tatsumi explores the lives of people on society's bottom rung and exposes a world of lost souls, unattainable dreams, and unexpected redemption."
- Bookforum
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A stark look at harsh realities
Written by Topside on January 5, 2012 at 1:18 AM
Overall Rating
Good
Story: 5
Dialogue: 5
Animation: 3
Entertainment: 4
I stumbled upon this one during one of my epic book binges at the library a few years back. I added it to my stack of thirty-some-odd manga, little knowing what I was getting myself into. Looking back, these stories still haunt me.

A little-known bit of trivia regarding Japanese culture - as many know, the Japanese are heavily influenced by Shintoist tradition, especially in regard to the treatment of their elderly. Which makes one of the practices noted in these stories all the more shocking - how certain working adults, who had neither the (read more)
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