Thursday, 29 September 2011

Designer hero

I've just finished reading the latest Osamu Tezuka book which has been translated into English – The Book of Human Insects. An odd, noir tale of a woman who achieves success by stealing the work and/or personality of those around her (from actresses to assassins). The anti-heroine is the book's main character, but virtually the only one of the book's cast with a properly good character is a designer. Perhaps the first book I've read with a designer as any kind of "hero". (The book is not necessarily one of Tezuka's best and perhaps less of a social commentary than many of his darker stories, but it's decidedly nihilist combined with being over the top, and is still a good read.)

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