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The Swamp
By (author): Yoshiharu Tsuge Translated by: Ryan Holmberg
9781770463844 Hardcover English COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Apr 28, 2020 Print Run: 12000
$29.95 CAD
Active 8.58 x 6.55 x 1 in | 670 gr 256 pages Black and white illustrations throughout Drawn & Quarterly
Yoshiharu Tsuge is one of the most influential and acclaimed practitioners of literary comics in Japan. The Swamp collects work from his early years, showing a major talent coming in to his own. Bucking the tradition of mystery and adventure stories, Tsuge?s fiction focused on the lives of the citizens of Japan. These mesmerizing comics, like those of his contemporary Yoshihiro Tatsumi, reveal a gritty, at times desperate post-war Japan, while displaying Tsuge?s unique sense of humor and point of view. ?Chirpy? is a simple domestic drama about expectations, fidelity, and escape. A couple purchase a beautiful white bird with a red beak. It is said that the bird will grow attached to its owners and never fly away. While the girlfriend is working as a hostess, flirting with men for money, the boyfriend decides to draw a portrait of the new family member and disaster strikes. In ?The Swamp,? a simple rural encounter is charged with sexual tension that is alluring but also fraught with danger. When a young woman happens upon a wing-shot goose, she tries to calm it then suddenly snaps its neck. Later, she befriends a young hunter and offers him shelter, but her motivations remain unclear, especially when the hunter notices a snake in the room where they?ll both be sleeping. The Swamp is a landmark in English manga-publishing history and the first in a series of Tsuge books Drawn & Quarterly will be publishing.

Yoshiharu Tsuge was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1937. Influenced by the realistic and gritty rental manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, he began making his own comics. He was also briefly recruited to assist Shigeru Mizuki during his explosion of popularity in the 60s. In 1968, working for Garo magazine, Tsuge published the ground-breaking story ?Neji-shiki? (commonly called ?Screw Style? for Western readers.) This story established Tsuge as not only an influential manga-ka but he also became a cultural touchstone in the changing Japanese art world. He is considered the originator and greatest practitioner of the ?I-novel? method of comics-making. In 2005, Tsuge was nominated for the Best Album Award at Angouleme International and in 2017 he won the Japan Cartoonists Association Grand Award for Yume to tabi no sekai.

?[Tsuge?s Garo stories] quickly became standard bearers for literary comics in Japan.??The Comics Journal ?[A] manga great? producing work that was surreal, introspective, and grimly realist.??icv2 ?Tsuge came up with works of striking originality [where] meaning is diffused to the point where it becomes emotion.??The Asia Pacific Journal

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