A Drifting Life
by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Editor: Drawn and Quarterly
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The epic autobiography of a master manga acclaimed for its short-history visionary collections of Pushing Man and Other Stories, Abandoning the Ancients in Tokyo, and Revoir–created originally nearly forty years ago, but just as resonant today as ever-the legendary Japanese cartoonist YoshihiroA Drift of Life is his monumental memory of eleven years in making, beginning with his experiences as a child in the city of Osaka, which grew up as part of a country overshadowed by the Second World War.Covering fifteen years from August 1945 to June 1960, Tatsumi is in protagonist, Hiroshi, the faces of his father, financial charges and his parents, failing marriage, his brother jealous of the deterioration of health, and the countless traps that await him in the mid-twentieth century manga market competition in Japan.He dreams of following in the important footsteps of his idol, Osamu Tezuka’s manga artist (Astro Boy, Apollo de la Chanson, Hymne à la Kirihito, Buddha)–with whom Tatsumi finally became one of his peers and, sometimes, a rival stylistAs with his short history of the collection, A Drift of Life is designed by Adrian Tomine
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