How I Tried to Be a Good Person (Paperback)

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How I Tried to Be a Good Person (Paperback)

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This graphic memoir is about obsession, gender conflict, and self-liberation, told with an honesty few cartoonists are capable of.


Lust's follow-up to her first internationally lauded graphic memoir, How I Tried to Be a Good Person, picks up directly where its predecessor left off. Revealing and powerful, Lust recounts her life as a young, enthusiastic anarchist making her way in Vienna in the 1990s - and of her love for two men: the "perfect companion" Georg, an actor twenty years her elder, and the "perfect lover," Kimata, a Nigerian man-about-town. As her relationships with the two men evolve, jealousy increasingly mounts and leads to emotional and violent outbreaks that threaten her life.
Ulli Lust was born in 1967 in Vienna, Austria. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Product Details ISBN: 9781683962038
ISBN-10: 1683962036
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: July 16th, 2019
Pages: 368
Language: English
An intimate and imaginative follow-up graphic memoir to Lust's Ignatz award–winning punk travelogue.
— Publishers Weekly

Lust’s energetic, searching book ... reveals the power of desire — and the pain when jealousy rears its head.
— The Guardian

Lust’s bluntly honest account grants us a look at a courageous but alarming life.
— Booklist

A wonderful testament to the power of auto-bio graphic memoir.
— Comics Grinder

Lust’s examination of a pivotal and formative period of her life leaves no stone unturned and stands out for its absolute emotional honesty. Brave, confident, and visually literate in the extreme, How I Tried establishes its author as a true master of the medium.

— Four Color Apocalypse

Lust is determined to live her truth, even occasionally putting herself in physical danger. At other times, she’s left contemplating the line between self-actualization and selfishness. Lust relates all this in an uncompromisingly frank manner, with anthropological detail. It’s a rich narrative.
— The Comics Journal

The very definition of a warts and all memoir, this is a complex and meaty read.
— Irish Examiner