Tatsuo Yoshida
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Barbara

By Osamu Tezuka


The production of this book was funded by fans through a Kickstarter project. Thank you to all of the fans who contributed to bring this unusual masterpiece to the United States.


Wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, famous author Yosuke Mikura makes a strange discovery: a ragged hippie who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara. He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura's shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings - all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.


The father of modern anime and manga, Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is the creator of iconic characters including Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion as well as the author of many acclaimed adult manga including "Black Jack," "Ode to Kirihito" and "Swallowing the Earth." Written in 1973 and 1974 and inspired by the classic opera "Tales of Hoffman" by Jacques Offenbach, Barbara may be Tezuka's most psychological and unsettling work, shattering the fine line between art and madness with masterful precision.


Also known as: ばるぼら
Genre: Drama, mystery, seinen
Rating: Mature (18+)
Release date: Aug. 28, 2012 (retail), July 2012 (Kickstarter backers)
ISBN: 978-1-56970-282-6
Type: Single volume
Format: Softcover, black & white
Size: 5.875" x 8.25"
Pages: 440
MSRP: $19.95