Tadao Tsuge was one of the key contributors to the legendary avant-garde Japanese comics magazine Garo during its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s, renowned for his unpretentious journalistic storytelling and clear, eloquent cartooning. Trash Market brings together six of Tsuge’s compelling, character-driven stories about life in post-World War II Japan. ‘Trash Market’ and ‘Gently Goes the Night’ touch on key topics for Tsuge: the charming lowlifes of the Tokyo slums and the WWII veterans who found themselves unable to forget the war. Trash Market blurs the lines between fiction and reportage and features an essay from the collection’s editor and translator Ryan Holmberg, who is a specialist in Japanese art history.
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