As a literary genre, a memoir forms a subclass of autobiography — even though the terms’memoir’ and’autobiography’ are almost interchangeable in modern parlance. A memoir is autobiographical writing, but not all of the autobiographical writing follows the standards for the memoir.
A memoir is a collection of memories which an individual writes about events or moments, both public or private, that happened from the subject’s/individual’s life. The assertions made in the job are known to be factual. At the same time, the memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of biography or autobiography because the late 20th century, the genre is distinguished in form. A journal or autobiography tells the story” of a lifetime,” even though a memoir often tells a story” from a life,” such as touchstone events and turning points in the writer’s life. The writer of a memoir might be known as a memoirist or a memorialist.
A Memoir To Read:
Mangaka, the Japanese word generally reserved for those makers of manga who both write and draw their comics, carries a connotation of art, experience, and personal vision. Manga publishing now is a multibillion-dollar business in Japan, where young and old alike devour digest-sized comic volumes from the metric ton. But in the industry’s early days, getting a mangaka wasn’t simple, requiring years of apprenticeship or study in a formal manga school. He had been there at the start of the manga industry in the late 1940s, and he spent many years churning out comics under crushing deadlines.
Soon, however, he began to chafe at the formulaic nature of this manga he was being asked to create, which were cartoony, fantastical, and fueled by an endless succession of gags and punchlines. He sought out other founders who, like him, believed that manga had the potential to explore more realistic, complicated, and adult themes. A Drifting Life, Tatsumi’s massive, 11-years-in-the-making memoir in comics form, tells the story of the artistic movement. Tatsumi takes great care to show how he and his colleagues were influenced by the cultural and political confusion of a nation struggling to rebuild itself after losing a world war.
This absorbing glimpse of a little-seen world may be enough to recommend the book to devotees of comics generally and of manga particularly, who might have more patience than most for the amount of time Tatsumi devotes to the nuts and bolts of literary life: haggling with publishers, commiserating with fellow writers over technique and — especially — the sending and receiving of email. However, A Drifting Life provides something far more universal: a sharply observed exploration of this impulse to create, set at a time and place unfamiliar to most Westerners. We see him struggle to find his voice and experience the flashes of insight, which prompted him to experiment with the medium. When Tatsumi details a minute of unexpected artistic insight, the epiphanic glow which we might expect from an artist discovering some vital truth is lacking.
Memoir of Manga Master:
That is because Tatsumi chooses to frame such flashes as intellectual as opposed to emotional milestones. They’re psychological puzzles to be solved; after he has cracked them, he moves on, which is where the name comes in — since Tatsumi is moving on. The young artist portrayed in these pages is so absorbed by his work that many other areas of his life — a husband, a drunken father, the elderly woman to whom he loses his virginity — appear to ramble past his worktable such as ghosts. At 865 pages, A Drifting Life covers only the first years of Tatsumi’s career, finishing before he creates The Push Man, Good-Bye, and another gritty, uncompromising functions for which he is internationally known.
If you have read any of these dark, highly stylized stories, A Drifting Life’s gently humorous tone, and non-experimental approach may surprise you. But it should not: This is an artist looking back at the beginnings of his career and trying to untangle — for himself and for background — the forces that pushed him to the mangaka he’s become. It is a fascinating history lesson for those unfamiliar with manga, a fun glimpse behind the scenes for people who understand the form. And for just about anyone, A Drifting Life provides an engrossing narrative of how one artist came to understand himself and his moderate.