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Tatsumi's Black Blizzard Listed by Drawn & Quarterly

posted on 2009-12-01 23:47 EST
Hard-boiled crime story was 1st graphic novel from A Drifting Life author

The American book distributor Farrar, Straus, and Giroux lists Black Blizzard (Kuroi Fubuki), the first full-length graphic novel from alternative manga pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi (A Drifting Life), for a Spring 2010 release from Drawn and Quarterly. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux describes the 1950s gekiga (literally, "dramatic pictures") story, with influences from Mickey Spillane and hard-boiled crime novels, as follows:

Susumu Yamaji, a twenty-four-year-old pianist, is arrested for murder and ends up handcuffed to a career criminal on the train that will take them to prison. An avalanche derails the train and the criminal takes the opportunity to escape, dragging a reluctant Susumu with him into the blizzard raging outside. They flee into the mountains to an abandoned ranger station, where they take shelter from the storm. As they sit around the fire they built, Susumu relates how love drove him to become a murderer. A cinematic adventure story, Black Blizzard uncovers an unlikely love story and an even unlikelier friendship.

Drawn and Quarterly already publishes several works from Tatsumi, such as A Drifting Life, Abandon the Old in Tokyo, Good-Bye, The Push Man & Other Stories.

Source: Same Hat! blog


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