A Single Match

A Single Match A new author in D Q s acclaimed gekiga line In this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories Oji Suzuki explores memory relationships and loss with a loose narrative style filling each ta

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A new author in D Q s acclaimed gekiga line In this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories, Oji Suzuki explores memory, relationships, and loss with a loose narrative style, filling each tale with a sense of unfulfilled longing He plumbs the dissolute depths of human psychology, literally bathing his characters in expansive shadows that paradoxically revealA new author in D Q s acclaimed gekiga lineIn this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories, Oji Suzuki explores memory, relationships, and loss with a loose narrative style, filling each tale with a sense of unfulfilled longing He plumbs the dissolute depths of human psychology, literally bathing his characters in expansive shadows that paradoxically reveal as much as they obscure A young man catches a cold after being soaked in the rain and is tended to by his grandmother He drifts, dreaming of a train trip with an older brother he doesn t have A traveling salesman comes across a boy lying in the middle of the road and stops to have a cigarette and tell a story that sifts through memories of faces and places before settling back on the boy and pretending to not look at the stars A young woman walks along the river with her bicycle and a friend who is nothing than a disembodied head discussing past times together, memories they have of each other.Although he touches on many of the same themes as his contemporaries in the field of postwar alternative manga Yoshihiro Tsuge L Homme Sans Talent and Seiichi Hayashi Red Coloured Elegy Suzuki uses an ever shifting narrative approach and dashes of surrealist humor to distinguish his work from that of his peers.

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  1. Sad, dark, not-quite-linear stories—I liked how they captured the surreal nature of the children’s points of view and memories.

  2. A tratti incomprensibile – problemi di traduzione? –, inutilmente lirico, ma affascinante per segno e atmosfere. Dovete smetterla di ridisegnare le onomatopee, però.

  3. A Single Match is surreal gekiga by Oji Suzuki. The Japanese manga realm of gekiga is often associated with a kind of brute realism, thanks in large part in the U.S. to the work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, though that isn't really the case. In A Single Match, published in English by Drawn & Quarterly (also Tatsumi's English-language publisher), it's a series of increasingly peculiar dream-like states, presumably of the young boy who, in the opening chapter, catches a terrible cold and it left hall [...]

  4. A Single Match is author Oji Suzuki’s first English story collection, published by Drawn and Quarterly in 2010. Translation is by Jocelyne Allen. Suzuki’s comics were first published in the avant-garde Japanese comics magazine, GARO. A Single Match is a book comprised of 11 short stories produced in the gekiga style, literally translated from Japanese for “dramatic pictures.” This term was coined by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi and adopted by similar artists who wanted to disti [...]

  5. While Drawn & Quarterly deserves a lot of praise for publishing Oji Suzuki in English for the first time, there's an obvious lack of contextual information in A Single Match. Besides the short bio on Suzuki's work and the synopsis in the back cover, nothing else will aid the common reader in understanding the creative process behind these short stories. There's no information on each entry's original release date (is this early work from the late 60s? does it comprise his work from the 70s a [...]

  6. i think the concept of short stories in graphic novel form is an interesting idea, but there was only one story here that resonated with me. perhaps a lot is lost in translation, or simply suzuki and i don't see eye to eyelustrations are good and simple - black and white. the most irritating thing is how sound is used more than words. there is so much psssh and kakakaka and other sounds articulated throughout the stories. again, that might be a personal preference.pick it up if you want an exper [...]

  7. Seemed melancholy, depressing, and mildly perverted or misogynistic at times. There didn't seem to be a point to most of the stories, and the characters all seemed kind of like different kinds of 'loser', though I hate using the term. I enjoyed perhaps one or two of the stories. The art is interesting, but nothing about this is compelling. Was a struggle to get through the book just so I could mark it as read on GoodReads.

  8. this is not a book to be read once. it requires multiple readings & even minimal outside research (writing that last part as a 3rd generation part Japanese kid who's no tangible connection to the stories, but earnestly wanted to understand them). but when you're able to get from the stories what Suzuki meant to convey, then the results can be profound and rewarding.

  9. The were sone stories I liked, but on the whole it was too strange for me and I couldn't understand what was going in.

  10. So beautiful and exciting. The stories are all based around memory and nostalgia. I definitely recommend this work.

  11. Avant-garde manga. There are brief of moments of beauty, but each "story" is so fragmented and disorganized that any lingering profundity is killed. Frustrating.

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