Red Colored Elegy

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A true cornerstone of the Japanese underground scene of the 1960's, Seiichi Hayashi produced Red Colored Elegy in the aftermath of a politically turbulent and culturally vibrant decade that promised but failed to deliver new possibilities.

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The quietly melancholic lives of a young couple struggling to make ends meet are beautifully captured in this poetic masterpiece. Uninvolved with the political movements of the time, Ichiro and Sachiko hope for something better, but they're no revolutionaries; their spare time is spent drinking, smoking, daydreaming, and sleeping - together and at times with others. While Ichiro attempts to make a living from his comics, Sachiko's parents are eager to arrange a marriage for her, but Ichiro doesn't seem interested. Both in their relationship and at work, Ichiro and Sachiko are unable to say the things they need to say, and like any couple, at times say things to each other that they do not mean, ultimately communicating as much with their body language and what remains unsaid as with words.

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Author Seiichi Hayashi
Publisher Drawn & Quarterly
Page Count 240pp
Publication Size 6.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes Hardcover, b/w
Publication Date July 2008
ISBN 978-1897299401

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