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Good-Bye (Tatsumi's short stories)

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“Prepare to be disturbed and blown away. The stuff is remarkable, amazing.”—Los Angeles Times

Good-Bye is the third in a series of collected short stories from Drawn & Quarterly by the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, whose previous work has been selected for several annual “top 10” lists, including those compiled by Amazon and Time.com. Drawn in
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published 1972)
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Mariel
Sep 12, 2011 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wave
Recommended to Mariel by: eaten alive
The characters in Yoshihiro Tatsumi's comics are sad. They are sad in the something is missing way. There are good reasons to be sad, if you need reasons. Getting old. Getting cold. Political reasons of being sad. The whole place getting old and cold along with them. The faces are identical expressions of sad. Almost inhuman. I squinted my eyes and the drawings could have been of primates. Stuck in a zoo some place. Labeled No Longer Erectus (yeah, some of these guys can't get it up anymore on t...more
Sara
Mar 14, 2009 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Each story is engrossing, but problematic. Apologies for that awful, awful grad school euphemism. What I mean is that this man has problems: he writes and draws a good story, but he hates women. His story about a boy who turns to cross dressing because his mother places too much pressure on him to support the family as the "man of the house" stinks of the pre 1972 psych drivel still desperately being touted by the "ex-gay" movement. The first story about Hiroshima, however, was worth the whole c...more
Robert Beveridge
Yoshihro Tatsumi, Good-Bye (Drawn and Quarterly, 2008)

With every collection of Yoshihiro Tatsumi stories that Drawn and Quarterly releases, I find myself becoming more and more enamored of the man's work. I wasn't really sure that was possible; after all, D&Q's first Tatsumi collection, The Push Man and Other Stories, made my beat-reads-of-the-year list back a couple of years ago. But, yes, they just keep getting better. Good-Bye, which collects pieces Tatsumi wrote in the early- to mid-seve...more
Bren
Being one lonely person surrounded by 130 million contemporaries serves not only to isolate, but to besot with striking similarity amongst each of the persons in question. To be neglected and disenfranchised is what it means to be one of many nameless protagonists in a Yoshihiro Tatsumi story.

The Raymond Carver of manga, Tatsumi presents his subjects with unflinching reality (an acceptable form of cruelty). This is not because he hates his characters, but because - in a deeper sense - he commune...more
Peter Panic
I often watch japanese films and am always taken aback because of the cultural differences shown. Yet, for the japanese comics I have read there is rarely that feel. Then again the few manga's I have read are of more universal theme's of plain fighting stories (i.e Battle Royale). So for me to start reading Tatsumi, I realized that while his output in Japan may have been enormous he was still relatively unknown. His subject matter is always somewhat depressing and topical and definitely not fant...more
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Short stories as manga. By the time I finished this third book by Tatsumi I had already become a fan. If there ever was an artist who explored the desperation, the ennui, the bitterness, the pervertion of city life in this medium it had to be him. I have encountered no one who is better so far. Not even Osamu Tesuka.

There is a Japanese sensibility at work here, the same spirit that haunts a piece by Tanikazi or a dreamscape by Murakami. The artwork in black and white is gorgeous.
Tosh
Another great Manga collection by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. His sparse little narratives captures the odd and the strange in post-war Japan. Poetic to a great degree, yet on a high genius level as well. Tezuka is on one side of the coin, and Tatsumi is on the other. Grim, sad, sexual, and very moving all at the same time. But not a downer for some reason. I think because the way he draws and tells the tale is quite magnificent. Even those who are not into Manga, should at the very least dip their toes...more
Bruce Reid
The least revelatory of Tatsumi's three American collections, and because of that my least favorite. These short manga, less stories than tracings of sad, stunted lives, are as affecting as ever; but the symbology, often sexual, is rather heavy-handed and the characters offer fewer surprises. There are still several gems and stand-out moments, however, from the oppressive, watery inks that come to dominate the startling Hiroshima story "Hell" to the marvelously unexpected conclusion of the bar h...more
Mark
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Vivek Tejuja
Manga is an art that grows on you. It is also an art form that makes you appreciate the beauty of stillness and subtlety. So when there are graphic novels to be read, there is also Manga which I feel is quite different and a genre of its own than being classified under Graphic Novels. Tatsumi happened to me when I was browsing through Landmark, Bombay, about ten years ago with a very dear friend. That was another book. This time I spotted him at Blossom and could not have been more excited. I kn...more
Mariah
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK AT WORK OR IN PUBLIC!!!! This book had way more inappropriate scenes than I anticipated. Though a very good story, it took me about three of them to see that they weren't chapters. This makes me feel about a rice crumb better for laughing at some of them. Each is vey quirk with really strong underlying messages. The balance of text to images is perfect because I am 100% sure that the closure in my mind would be rated XXX if there were anymore words or panels. I didn't howev...more
Eric
One of the most interesting collections of short stories I've ever read. Each of these selections is a little window into someone's falling-apart life. Much like the films of Todd Solondz, Tatsumi's work is challenging and uncomfortable, but that's what makes it even better.
Brendan Howard
Jun 26, 2011 Brendan Howard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of serious manga, adult manga, dark topics, Japanese history
Recommended to Brendan by: bryan
Very good short tales of 1970s Japanese manga ugliness.
Mattkelly
An incredible introduction into a Japanese comic master. They call it manga but it seems to fit right in with classics by Will Eisner and the other original comic novelists.

Good-bye is a collection of short stories centered around post-war Japan. They mine deeply into the malaise of the nation's people and examine the often sad lives of pre-economic boom Japan. Most have an almost surreal effect, almost like Japanese comic Twilight Zones. They're mostly sad, hopeless and sometimes disturbing. Ex...more
Michael Scott
Part of the series on Japanese daily life by TATSUMI Yoshihiro that also includes Push Man and Abandon the Old in Tokyo, Good-Bye is a collection of short stories depicting Japan probably around the 1970s (as shown by the picture of Eisaku Sato, Japanese PM 1964-1972, the haircuts of some of the characters, etc.) The topics included here, although drawn as "gekiga" (realistic drama) so by no means "easy", are the most palatable in the series; the graphics also feel more polished and the stories...more
Kereesa
Good-bye is a collection of short stories written by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in the manga genre. Most of the stories featured in this collection are about post-WWII and post-Hiroshima Japan, and the depressive yet slightly hopeful quality the Japanese retained within themselves in spite of the degrading poverty and death they were surrounded by.

A general warning before I start this review. This is an adult collection of short stories. And I seriously push an adult rating, because this book is not onl...more
Artur Coelho
Este livro foi uma completa surpresa. Há medida que vou descobrindo o prazer do manga, encontro muita coisa que pouco me diz e algumas obras estilística ou conceptualmente interessantes. Mas até agora nenhuma que quebrasse a imagem que tenho do género como algo fortemente comercial, fragmentado numa míriade de nichos atraentes para grupos de fãs acérrimos. Good-bye, e outras obras deste autor, pertencem a outro género de banda desenhada, de cariz reflexivo e autobiográfico que habitualmente liga...more
Kurt
There is a line that runs through our lives. It is where we would like our lives to go. We straddle it as best we can. Some gifts of birth make it easier, some make it virtually impossible. Then life intervenes. Somewhere along the way most of us fall off that line to the one side or the other--by events we couldn't foresee or the myriad choices we are forced to make. Some stray so far from that line that they forget it may have ever existed. That describes many of the characters in Yoshihiro Ta...more
Kate
I LOVED this graphic novel and read it in one day. The books is composed of several vignettes from different people's lives in Japan from after WWII until present day. Each story is pretty depressing and gives readers insight into the underbelly of the poor and middle class throughout Japan.One reoccurring theme throughout the novel is the feeling and physical actuality of impotence. Many of the men in these stories are in their 50's and are forced to retire. They have spent their lives engrosse...more
LindaD
some sex is included, so be warned. I'm sure as a non-Japanese reader, I did not appreciate all the symbolism in the drawings. I did enjoy the stories raw feelings. Honest assessment of some lives in post war Japan.
Jennifer
Why is it that every subsequent book I read by Tatsumi seems more mature and layered than the last? I'm amazed that many of the collected short story comics in this book were published in the 70s. They are just so stark and critical of Japanese society post Hiroshima. They are just absolutely amazing. And still so real today in depicting the life of a salary man as something of waste in the end as it only drives one's desires in dark directions. I was intrigued by the visual effect of characters...more
Mattias Appelgren
Straight from the seedy underbelly of Japan. It's dark and gritty and dirty and sometimes kinda disturbing. The character in these stories are often struggling, with themselves, loneliness, disappointment and all the stuff that makes it so oddly fascinating to follow. Life ain't pretty and there's never much of a happy ending either. So all in all, a wonderful read.
Macha
4 & 1/2 stars. These stories are set in postwar Japan. Tatsumi's style is almost woodcut: stark, heavy, black&white, and bleak. And yet he never looks away, even while the reader at times can hardly bear to look. In "Hell" a nuclear shadow depicts a secret past that is very different from the past it seems at first to represent. And in "Good-Bye" the post-war world, squalid and nightmarishly small, seems to depict a country that has become unmoored, brutally severed from its connections...more
Ana
Tatsumi's work should be required reading in any classes that feature short-stories. Not a graphic novel class, but a literature class full stop. His work is bleak but amazing and every volume I pick up just ends up wowing me even more.
This title is worth a read for its' first story alone - Hell - a look at what happens when symbols of hope turn out to not quite be what they seem.
But I do have one wee gripe with one of the stories in this collection. Can someone please tell me what the heck 'Ra...more
Amanda
I found this book to be extremely difficult to read. A lot of the references to Japanese culture (such as the mushrooms) went sailing over my head. I think it was because of this that I couldn't fully understand and appreciate the complexity of this story. Despite my misunderstanding of some things, I was able to recognize sadness and suffering. I wish I could read this as a Japanese person so that I may understand this book a little better. Regardless, I recomend this book to anyone interested...more
planet
These stories are about loneliness, desperation, war, and other intensely painful realities. They are, at the same time, both beautiful & amazing, and awful, hard to deal with. The art is incredible. The power of Yoshihiro Tatsumi to express the vastness of these painful emotions & realities through his words and art blows my mind. He is not afraid to go real deep and then leave you in the scariest & most uncomfortable part. I don't think I could ever read this book again. One time l...more
Sae-chan
This is the last one I read of the 3 Tatsumi-san's book series published by Drawn and Quarterly: Abandon the Old Tokyo, The Pushman, and this one. Maybe I got the sequence all wrong.

I think the recurring theme in these 3 books that stayed with me is feeling of being chained, tied down, caged, repressed. Everybody wants freedom, and the freedom one so covetously eyeing, turned out to be just another cage, another chain, another burden. It rang true a century back, and will certainly continue so u...more
Nnedi
it took me a month to read this book because the cover disgusted me so much. id look at the book and then put it down. why did they choose such a cover? finally i read it and enjoyed it (i enjoyed the shortness of the stories and the often abrupt endings)...except for the awful portrayal of women, especially in the last story. i mean, dude, the character's own daughter? gross. yet, he was portrayed as the "victim". gimme a break.
Orrin Grey
Not really what I was looking for. Yoshihiro Tatsumi came up in my searches for good short horror manga, but he's not really writing horror. More "literary fiction," I guess, much as I may dislike that term. Definitely character dramas, most of them about alienation and post-War Japan and sex and human relationships. Most of them depressing.

They're generally pretty good stories, but they were not what I was after this time out.
Spike Gomes
One of my favorite mangaka, who writes and illustrates short bleak vignettes that echo within you long after you finish. The alienation, loneliness and sense of personal and societal failure are the perfect antidote for dispelling all the pretty little lies about humanity that most people embrace in fiction and art. Never has ugliness and shame been so breathtakingly beautiful and sublime. A must-read.
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Yoshihiro Tatsumi (辰巳 ヨシヒロ Tatsumi Yoshihiro, June 10, 1935 in Tennōji-ku, Osaka) is a Japanese manga artist who is widely credited with starting the gekiga style of alternative comics in Japan, having allegedly coined the term in 1957.

His work has been translated into many languages, and Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly have embarked on a project to publish an annual compendium of his works...more
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