Talk to My Back (häftad)
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Drawn and Quarterly
Ryan Holmberg
Black and White
212 x 157 x 30 mm
772 g
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Talk to My Back (häftad)

Talk to My Back

Häftad Engelska, 2022-07-12
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A celebrated masterwork shimmering with vulnerability from one of alt-manga's most important female artists. 'Now that we ve woken from the dream, what are we going to do?' Chiharu thinks to herself, rubbing her husband s head affectionately. Set in an apartment complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, Yamada Murasaki's Talk To My Back (1981 84) explores the fraying of Japan's suburban middle-class dreams through a woman's relationship with her two daughters as they mature and assert their independence, and with her husband, who works late and sees his wife as little more than a domestic servant. While engaging frankly with the compromises of marriage and motherhood, Yamada remains generous with the characters who fetter her protagonist. When her husband has an affair, Chiharu feels that she, too, has broken the marital contract by straying from the template of the happy housewife. Yamada saves her harshest criticisms for society at large, particularly its false promises of eternal satisfaction within the nuclear family as fears of having been 'thrown away inside that empty vessel called the household' gnaw at Chiharu s soul. Yamada was the first cartoonist in Japan to use the expressive freedoms of alt-manga to address domesticity and womanhood in a realistic, critical, and sustained way. A watershed work of literary manga, Talk To My Back was serialized in the influential magazine Garo in the early 1980s, and is translated by Eisner nominated Ryan Holmberg.
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Yamada Murasaki (1948 2009) debuted as a cartoonist in 1969. Informed by her upbringing she was raised mainly by her grandmother and a background in design and poetry, Yamada s early work was unique in form and content, offering realistic portraits of young women negotiating complicated family situations and the passage to adulthood. In the late 70s, after having a family of her own, her work shifted to young mothers negotiating children, husbands, and the balance between social responsibilities as a housewife and self-respect as a woman. Yamada published manga in practically every issue of Garo from 1978 to 1986, and is considered the first cartoonist to use the artistic freedoms of alternative manga to explore motherhood and domesticity with an unromantic eye.