The Man Without Talent, by Yoshiharu Tsuge

Staff Pick

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.

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By YOSHIHARU TSUGE, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681374437
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Published: New York Review Comics - January 28th, 2020