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Good-Bye (Tatsumi's short stories)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,391 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
“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 Drawn in
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published 1972)
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Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The first story in this collection - aptly titled "Hell" - is a masterpiece. It concerns a photojournalist who gains fame and respect for a heartbreaking photo he took during the aftermath of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. Years later, he discovers that the subject of his photograph is not quite what it seems. The story includes starkly horrific images of atomic bomb victims, and it serves as a complex examination of Japan's status as both the victims and perpetrators of wartime atrocities.

Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
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
Robert Beveridge
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Peter Panic
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
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.
Derek Royal
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've had this book for several years, and I've finally gotten around to reading it. What prompted me was a recent manga episode of the podcast,, where we discussed Tatsumi's A Drifting Life. I wanted to read this to have more of a context. He is a master of the short-story form! I particularly appreciate the way his narratives end. One of the standout pieces here is the title story.
Mattias Appelgren
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm sad that this is the last collection of "gekiga" from Tatsumi. I thought there would be more. Incredible. Upsetting.
Brendan Howard
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fictions, manga
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Vivek Tejuja
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Artur Coelho
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This is a book of hauntingly sad stories. Each person is missing something, there is a complete emptiness that cannot be filled. They all fight these internal demons in their own way. Written in a period when Japan was recovering from ww11. Everything is beautifully captured and you feel the bleakness in each story. Each character is drawn the same I think to show it everyone/ everybody. That we all have these demons inside of us, it just depends on how we cope. I'm really impressed with how wel ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Bruce Reid
Jul 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jun 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
You want achingly depressing Japanese short stories? Look no further.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
With 'Eisneresque' precision Yoshihiro Tatsumi looks at the various traps we set for ourselves...and how we take others down with we fall.
Francisco Alfaro Labbé
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tatsumi se manda una serie de historias tremendas que dan cuenta del trauma social e histórico que significó para Japón no solo el haber perdido la guerra, sino que haber recibido dos bombas atómicas, haber sido ocupados militarmente por el ejército vencedor (con todo lo que ello implica) y, además, haber sufrido nuevamente un proceso de modernización acelerado, que lo llevó a alcanzar unos niveles de crecimiento económico como nunca antes y, de la mano, el crecimiento disparatado de las ciudade ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
မူရငး ေရးသူက Yoshihiro Tatsumi ။ ကိုေျမမနလြငကေတာ အဂလိပဘာသာကေန တဆင ဘာသာျပနတယေျပာထားတယ။ အဂလိပလို ဘာသာျပနသူကေတာ ယူဂိအုိနိကိ။ စာအုပရဲ အစမွာတင စာအုပအမိဳးအစားကို ရွငးျပထားတယ။ အမိဳးအစားက Gekiga။ ျမနမာလို အသံထြကကို သူ ဘာလို႔ ဂီကိဂါ လို႔ သံုးထားလဲ မသိ။ ပံုမွနဆို ဂဲကိဂါ လို ထြကရမယလို႔ထငတယ။ (ကုိယ မွားရငလညး ေထာကျပၾကပါ) စာအုပမွာ အပုဒေရ (၇)ပုဒပါတယ။
1) ငရဲ
2) အမဳိးသားေရးရာ
3) တိမယံသခငး
4) အဖု
5) မွနထဲကေကာငမေလး
6) ဝမးနညးစရာဘဝ
7) တဆကခဲပါတယ

အထူးတလညေတာ ညနးစရာမရွိ။ ၇ ပုဒလံုးကို ကိုယသေဘာကတယ။ တခိဳ႕အပုဒေတြ ဖတလို႔သာၿပီးသြားမယ။
Lateef Amodu
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel contains nine short stories set in the 1940s post war Japan and during 1970s. It contains themes on the Hiroshima bombing and American occupation of Japan. Plus, other social issues in Japan relating to family, loneliness, career, relationships and sex. The story ranges from tense, shocking to sad. I enjoyed reading every story in this graphic, my favourite was “Hell”. The black and white illustrations were excellent, really depicts characters and scenery well. It’s a unique d ...more
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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
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