The Man Without Talent, Yoshiharu Tsuge, trans. Ryan Holmberg (2020)
Yoshiharu Tsuge is one of comics’ most celebrated and influential artists, but his work has been almost entirely unavailable to English-speaking audiences. The Man Without Talent, his first book ever to be translated into English, is an unforgiving self-portrait of frustration. Swearing off cartooning as a profession, Tsuge takes on a series of unconventional jobs—used camera salesman, ferryman, and stone collector—hoping to find success among the hucksters, speculators, and deadbeats he does business with.