TATSUMI'S PUSH MAN reviewed in the Harrisburg Patriot-News

“Harrisburg Patriot-News Review - The Pushman” / Harrisburg Patriot-News / Christopher Mautner / March 5, 2006

"The Push Man and Other Stories" by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Drawn and Quarterly, 208 pages, $19.95.

Those who think that all manga consists of Japanese schoolgirls with big eyes and spiky hair will be surprised by this collection of bleak, naturalistic tales, the first in what will apparently be an ongoing series of Tatsumi's work.

Highly regarded in Japan, Tatsumi tells stories of down-on-their-luck folks -- pimps, prostitutes and blue-collar workers whose desperation and/or frustration push them headlong into tragedy.

Few of the tales here end happily, but they reflect a social milieu that Westerners can easily identify with. Tatsumi's flat, low- key style goes against the grain of what most folks think of as "manga," but it's no less captivating and, in many cases, much more emotionally rewarding.

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