Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of your Life

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of your Life

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Miraculously combining a perfect memory for both emotional and physical detail with the sometimes painful lucidity two and half decades distance have brought to her understanding of the events, Lust meticulously shows the who, where, when, and how (specifically, how an often penniless young girl can survive for months on the road) of a sometimes dangerous and sometimes exhilarating journey. Particularly haunting is her portrait of her fellow traveler, the gangly, promiscuous devil-may-care Edi who veers from being her spunky, funny best friend in the world to an out-of-control lunatic with no consideration for anything but her own whims and desires.
Back in 1984, a rebellious,17-year-old, punked-out Ulli Lust set out for a wild hitchhiking trip across Italy, from Naples through Verona and Rome and ending up in Sicily. Twenty-five years later, this talented Austrian cartoonist has looked back at that tumultuous summer and delivered a long, dense, sensitive,and minutely observed autobiographical masterpiece.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2013
Edition: First Fantagraphics Books edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781606995570
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC LUST...U
Characteristics: 462 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Kim 1956-2013
Notes: Originally published under the title Heute Ist Der Letzte Tag Vom Rest Deines Lebens by Avant-Verlag, Berlin, Germany


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Sep 14, 2016

Ordinary drawings and dialogue. Autobiographical story of immaturity, irresponsibility, and misogyny. Would appeal to teenage punk male audience.

Mark_Daly Aug 11, 2013

This is a brick of a book, and the lettering is tiny. But the storytelling flows effortlessly through its 400-plus pages. Lust is fearlessly honest about the darker days of her journey through Italy. A fine example of the revelatory, liberating power of comic book autobiography.


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