Talk to My Back


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6.19 X 8.35 X 1.2 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author

Yamada Murasaki (1948-2009) debuted as a cartoonist in 1969. Informed by her upbringing--she was raised mainly by her grandmother--and a background in design and poetry, Yamada's early work was unique in form and content, offering realistic portraits of young women negotiating complicated family situations and the passage to adulthood. In the late '70s, after having a family of her own, her work shifted to young mothers negotiating children, husbands, and the balance between social responsibilities as a housewife and self-respect as a woman. Yamada published manga in practically every issue of Garo from 1978 to 1986, and is considered the first cartoonist to use the artistic freedoms of alternative manga to explore motherhood and domesticity with an unromantic eye.


"This early feminist manga follows a suburban Tokyo woman as she navigates her relationship with an emotionally distant husband, her two maturing daughters and the fear of having been 'thrown away inside that empty vessel called the household.'" -- The New York Times

"The first English translation of these subtle stories of self-worth and domestic frustration is a revelation." -- The Guardian

"[Murasaki's] pioneering manga--mostly black-and-white and strikingly expressive--was some of the first to realistically confront the difficulties of womanhood, a feat for which she deserves wider, greater recognition." -- Booklist, Starred Review

"Murasaki Yamada was one of the most acclaimed and groundbreaking women working in manga. Talk to my Back, serialized between 1981 and 1984, challenged domesticity, patriarchy and women's roles in Japanese society." -- Ms. Magazine

"Yamada's housewife reminds us that a better future is possible, that even under the crushing weight of patriarchy, capital, everything that makes people casually inhuman to one another, a woman's small hope just to be herself resounds and will always be beautiful - beautiful enough to love." -- The Comics Journal

"Defying conventions expected still by many manga fans, this will appeal best to manga-curious indie comics readers, especially fans of comics parenting chronicles by the likes of Keiler Roberts or Glynnis Fawkes." -- Publishers Weekly