Readers may be surprised to learn that the eponymous protagonist of Tsuge'sThe Man Without Talent is actually quite talented. He begins as a struggling but capable cartoonist before embarking on several get-rich-quick schemes that rarely work out the way he intends. Borrowing from the Japanese autobiographical "I-novel" tradition, Tsuge's famous tale of depression, rejection, and the plight of the poor artist reflects what authors and other members of the working class have known and documented for decades. As a result, there is something in The Man Without Talent for anyone who has fought to pave a way through a world dominated by capital.
The Man Without Talent, by Yoshiharu Tsuge