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by Jocelyne Allen,Yoshihiro Tatsumi

  • ISBN: 1770460748
  • Author: Jocelyne Allen,Yoshihiro Tatsumi
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  • Rating: 4.2 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (May 8, 2012)
  • Formats: lrf txt lit azw
  • Category: Comics
  • Subcategory: Graphic Novels
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Fallen Words," or rakugo, as the Japanese call them, are stories handed down throughout the generations to be. .Given that background, readers of Tatsumi's 2009 collection "Fallen Words" should prepare for an almost shocking surprise.

Fallen Words," or rakugo, as the Japanese call them, are stories handed down throughout the generations to be molded and kindled to the ways of contemporary life. This is Tatsumi at his nicest, as he notes in the afterword saying that most gekiga of the past eschewed humor. True, this has nothing of the grief of "Hell" or "Push Man" but those looking for something lighter will find this mostly enjoyable. First, the words "eight moral comedies" appear in small text below the title on the cover.

Jocelyne Allen (Translator). In Fallen Words, Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of rakugo and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga

Jocelyne Allen (Translator). In Fallen Words, Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of rakugo and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga. Each of the eight stories in the collection is lifted from the Edo-era Japanese storytelling form. As Tatsumi notes in the afterword, A NEW COLLECTION OF STORIES FROM THE FOREFATHER OF THE JAPANESE LITERARY COMICS MOVEMENT.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi's epic memoir A Drifting Life was published in 2009 to overwhelming acclaim, garnering prestigious awards around the world, landing on the New York Times . Translated from the Japanese by Jocelyne Allen.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi's epic memoir A Drifting Life was published in 2009 to overwhelming acclaim, garnering prestigious awards around the world, landing on the New York Times "graphic books" best-seller list, and inspiring a feature-film adaptation. For his follow-up, Tatsumi shifted gears dramatically, finding inspiration in the centuries-old Japanese storytelling tradition of rakugo or "fallen words.

Yoshihiro Tatsuki is a driver of dreams and at the same time a spectator as well. Therein lies the newness of this photograph collection

Yoshihiro Tatsuki is a driver of dreams and at the same time a spectator as well. Therein lies the newness of this photograph collection. Of course, his photographs differ from the great number of subjective photographs and photographs of images that appeal to the heart of the photographer. Tatsuki tentatively abandons the sort of photograph that is not affected by the elastic force of literature and pictures, in other words the fascination of intuitive feeling (meaning) and composition that tends to fall easily into symbolism

Jocelyne Allen (Translator).

by Yoshihiro Tatsumi · Jocelyne Allen

by Yoshihiro Tatsumi · Jocelyne Allen. A NEW COLLECTION OF STORIES FROM THE FOREFATHER OF THE JAPANESE LITERARY COMICS MOVEMENTIn Fallen Words, Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of rakugo and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga. Each of the ei. Good-Bye.

In Fallen Words, Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of rakugo and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga. As Tatsumi notes in the afterword, the world of rakugo, filled with mystery, emotion, revenge, hope, and, of course, love, overlaps perfectly with the world of Gekiga that he has spent the better part of his life developing.

In Fallen Words, Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of rakugo and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga

In Fallen Words, Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of rakugo and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi (辰巳 ヨシヒロ, Tatsumi Yoshihiro, June 10, 1935 - March 7, 2015) was a Japanese manga . Midnight Fishermen - (Landmark Books, 2013) ISBN 9789814189385. Fallen Words - (Drawn & Quarterly, 2012) ISBN 9781770460744

Midnight Fishermen - (Landmark Books, 2013) ISBN 9789814189385. Fallen Words - (Drawn & Quarterly, 2012) ISBN 9781770460744. Black Blizzard - (Drawn & Quarterly, 2010).

A NEW COLECTION OF STORIES FROM THE FOREFATHER OF THE JAPANESE LITERARY COMICS MOVEMENTIn Fallen Words, Yoshihiro Tatsumi takes up the oral tradition of rakugo and breathes new life into it by shifting the format from spoken word to manga. Each of the eight stories in the collection is lifted from the Edo-era Japanese storytelling form. As Tatsumi notes in the afterword, the world of rakugo, filled with mystery, emotion, revenge, hope, and, of course, love, overlaps perfectly with the world of Gekiga that he has spent the better part of his life developing.

These slice-of-life stories resonate with modern readers thanks to their comedic elements and familiarity with human idiosyncrasies. In one, a father finds his son too bookish and arranges for two workers to take the young man to a brothel on the pretext of visiting a new shrine. In another particularly beloved rakugo tale, a married man falls in love with a prostitute. When his wife finds out, she is enraged and sets a curse on the other woman. The prostitute responds by cursing the wife, and the two escalate in a spiral of voodoo doll cursing. Soon both are dead, but even death can't extinguish their jealousy.

Tatsumi's love of wordplay shines through in the telling of these whimsical stories, and yet he still offers timeless insight into human nature.

Comments (7)

Spilberg
A great selection of Rakugo stories presented in Manga form. What is really excellent about this collection is the last page or two of each story really conveys the irony, humor, or otherwise enlightening aspect seen in performances of Rakugo at the storyteller's closing. There is a clean and direct well timed feel to the storytelling and art throughout the book.

Stories included are "The End Keeper's Fortune", "New Year Festival", "Escape Of The Sparrows", "Fiery Spirits", "Making The Rounds", "The Rooster Crows", "The God Of Death" (Front Cover Art Is From This Story), and "Shibihama".

"Shibihama" in particular is one of the best stories and has historically been one of the most well known. Closing the book with this story was an excellent idea because it literally illustrates many of the aspects of historically good Rakugo. These aspects include entertainment, hilarity, distinct character gestures, character driven circumstances throughout, wordplay flow, and precise interpretation with sage like advice at the end.
Fog
"Fallen Words," or rakugo, as the Japanese call them, are stories handed down throughout the generations to be molded and kindled to the ways of contemporary life. This is Tatsumi at his nicest, as he notes in the afterword saying that most gekiga of the past eschewed humor. True, this has nothing of the grief of "Hell" or "Push Man" but those looking for something lighter will find this mostly enjoyable. The little boy in "New Years Festival," the moment of art transcending mimicry in "Escape of the Sparrows," the final scene with the Reaper in "The God of Death," and a man sharing a kiss with his ex-wife's spirit through a tobacco pipe in "Fiery Spirits" are all memorable. But where's the humor? Sadly, my fat white American body and small mind are not familiar with the "rakugo" of past, so something is sort of lost between cultures. Many of the stories are thirty page build ups to one punch line, and sometimes it works, but sometimes it sits like cold sake.

Listen, the dude is a legend in comix and even the worst story here is worth your time, but expect nothing of the tragic characters or moral ennui of the past gekiga works. D&Q rarely picks a flub, and this is no different. Recommended for the initiated.
Kelerius
Tatsumi's A Drifting Life was brilliant ... astounding ... but the stories here fail to either entertain or enlighten me ... I believe he is talented but needs to try something maybe a bit different ...
Arthunter
Came in perfect condition. Added to my Tatsumi collection.
Unirtay
Level of graphic and literary artistry is top-notch. Drawn and Quarterly of Canada is doing a great service to humanity by making this and other books of this genre available to the wider international audience. I will be acquiring more books by this outfit.
Agalen
An interminable quest for profit often precludes the appearance of work containing true substance and rigor. Predictable, reassuring and highly derivative pieces plummet from workshops of various genres, sometimes raking in the necessary dough but only rarely offering anything of enduring value outside of the financial balance sheets. Drawn & Quarterly, based in Québec, has tried to redress this imbalance by publishing largely unknown but extremely high quality work of Japanese "gekiga" artists in English. "Gekiga," though not technically "manga," could qualify as "manga for adults" or, to risk grisly pretentiousness, "literary" or "artistic" manga. Like many words used to describe art, it has a fair amount of porosity. Some consider the famous "Akira" as "gekiga." Many would also include the work of Shigeru Mizuki, especially his multi-volume masterwork "Showa" and Osamu Tezuka's epic "Buddha." An undisputed member is the artist who coined the term "gekiga" itself, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. He wanted to differentiate his work from the more popular "manga" style. "Manga" translates roughly as "whimsical pictures" and "gekiga" as "dramatic pictures." Even without the word, a glance at a few pages of "gekiga" provides more than adequate differentiation. Tatsumi's work, dating back to the 1960s, deals with rather heavy and mature subject matter that would almost certainly receive an "R" rating in the USA today. In its own time, it might have qualified for an "X" rating. Collections such as "The Push Man," "Good-Bye" and "Abandon the Old in Tokyo" scrape the bare essence of the alienation of humans in the modern industrialized world. Definitely not for kids, they portray situations that many adults will likely want to "un-see." Only the stalwart and those desensitized to unpleasant facts about human interaction should probably stray into these bleak tales. Nonetheless, though not wildly popular, they remain masterpieces of Japanese comic art. They also linger in the consciousness for years. Astute readers may even begin to question their own moral motives and actions. No guaranteed happy endings or soothing messages dwell here. This work looks reality squarely in the face, warts and all.

Given that background, readers of Tatsumi's 2009 collection "Fallen Words" should prepare for an almost shocking surprise. First, the words "eight moral comedies" appear in small text below the title on the cover. Comedies? Really? The author of such penetratingly dismal works as "Hell," "Bedridden" and "The Hole" can write comedy? It doesn't seem possible. A simple reading of these stories provides all the evidence that anyone needs. Still penetrating and twisted, still masterfully crafted and still existentially insightful, these stories also contain... humor? They do. Tatsumi appropriated the Japanese comedic storytelling tradition of "rakugo" for this book. Dating back at least to the ninth century, performances feature a single storyteller weaving a narrative vortex that culminates with a witty punchline. One could call it "sit-down comedy" as the performer typically sat on stage. These tales often carry moral implications or simply exploit a gut-wrenching pun. The curious can witness "rakugo" in English on NHK World's English internet channel. In Japan the tradition endures in comedy theaters today. Appropriate to Tatsumi's collection, "Rakugo" translates as "Fallen Words." He of course added pictures to the traditionally verbal art form and he did so to great effect. Basically, he merged two art forms, one ancient and one modern, to create an intriguing amalgam that resonates within his own time.

Unlike many of his earlier works that take place in 1960s Japan, the stories of "Fallen Words" occur in Japan's Edo period. "Rakugo" reached new heights of popularity during this era and many classic "rakugo" stories fall into this historic setting. The first story, "The Innkeeper's Fortune," right away utilizes the tale of a con-man. The Inn only bills at the end of a person's stay, so the man fully exploits the situation. Assured of the man's wealth, the Innkeeper convinces him to buy a lottery ticket. To keep up appearances, the man, actually penniless, promises to split half of the prize, which turns into a dilemma when he discovers that he holds the winning ticket. In a frenzied anxious rush, he goes to bed suspiciously wearing sandals or "zori," as the end notes explain. "New Year Festival" explores the timely theme of "who is worse, the child or the parent?" The source of the child's bratty behavior quickly reveals itself in the incomprehensible selfishness of the father. "Escape of the Sparrows" features a beautifully surreal story in which drawings of sparrows literally fly off a canvas to the amazement of everyone. For those allergic to puns, a warning: this story ends with one. "Fiery Spirits," one of the book's best stories, deals with jealousy that continues to ignite beyond the grave. A once monogamous man succumbs to the pleasures of an Oiran. When his wife finds out, she puts a curse on the Oiran. The Oiran, in turn, curses the wife. This turns out bad for both women and especially for the deceptive man, as he finds that he can't calm the dueling spirits. "Making the Rounds" occurs in a brothel. A young man working at the brothel tries to assuage a host of frustrated customers. The Oiran hasn't appeared all night, though all the men, bursting with sensual anticipation, have already paid. He finally locates the Oiran with a customer, but the offer she makes this customer pretty much means that no one will go home satisfied. If the concept of cold showers existed in the Edo period, these men will all need one. Along similar themes, in "The Rooster Crows," two men try to initiate their stubbornly abstinent friend into "manhood." They bring him to a "seclusion shrine" that is really a brothel. When he discovers the deception, his friends concoct more lies to keep him there. He uses this same lie himself to justify continuing his "extremely nice seclusion." Deception can serve many purposes. "The God of Death" finds a desperate poor man becoming a famous doctor thanks to the Grim Reaper, featured on the book's cover. Eventually he turns the table on Death himself and Death enacts revenge by bringing the man to a field of candles that represent everyone's life flame. Death points out that the man's own candle has almost burnt out. Don't sneeze. The final story, "Shibahama," depicts a woman desperate to keep her ravenous husband from spending money and drinking. He finds a wallet containing fifty ryo in the water and his wife promises to "keep it safe." She does so to an unimaginable degree. So much so that the now reformed man almost becomes suspicious of reality itself. The book ends, shockingly for a Tatsumi book, on a happy note.

Tatsumi perfectly preserves and redefines the "rakugo" tradition in comic form by suspending the punchline of each story to its final frame. No preceding frame really predicts the ending and most endings come as genuine surprises or as unseen twists. Most of the stories involve a not so clever deception that inevitably receives its comeuppance. Interestingly, sometimes, most notably in "Shibahama," this deception has good intentions and delivers positive outcomes. These tales then suggest that deception can change people for the better of for the worst. Deception itself, often framed in a purely negative light, takes on a new life. All of the stories in "Fallen Words" show Tatsumi's skill in fabricating tales that resonate long after reading. Not only that, they demonstrate an entirely new aspect of Tatsumi's abilities in the realm of dramatic comedy. Overall an impressive achievement, "Fallen Words" expands two traditions, "gekiga" and "rakugo" in highly entertaining and poignant ways. These stories have unquestionable staying power. Thankfully publishers still exist that strive to keep such memorably substantial material in print. Thank you.

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