A Drifting Life

by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

A Drifting Life

Paperback, 855 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $34.95 | purchase

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A monumental memoir twenty years in the making begins with the Japanese cartoonist's experiences as a child growing up in Osaka, in a country burdened by the shadows of World War II, and spans fifteen years from August 1945 to June 1960, during which time his stand-in protagonist, Hiroshi, faces his father's financial burdens and his parents' failing marriage, his jealous brother's deteriorating health, and the pitfalls that await him in the competitive manga market of mid-twentieth-century Japan.

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