On his third Everest expedition in June 1924, George Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine disappeared on the North-Eastern ridge during their ascent – having been sighted only a few hundred metres from the summit. In 1993, in a small Nepalese shop, Makoto Fukamachi, photographer for a Japanese expedition to conquer Mount Everest, stumbles across an old camera. Could it be Mallory’s? And does it hold the secret of whether Mallory and Irvine made it to the summit almost 30 years before Hillary?
Jiro Taniguchi was born 1947 in Tottori, Japan. He trained in the 60’s and debuted in 1971 in ‘Young Comic’. During the 70’s he worked with author Natsuo Sekikawa before launching into their massive work ‘The times of Botchan’ in the 80’s. The 90’s saw many solo works including the prize winning ‘A Distant Neighborhood’. The new millennium saw Taniguchi’s epic adaptation of Baku Yumemakura’s novel ‘The Summit of the Gods’ into a 1500 page manga.
Yumemakura Baku was born in 1951 in Odawara, Japan. He studied Japanese Literature at Tokai University and started writing seriously in 1982. He is perhaps best known for his series turned video game on Martial Arts, Garouden.
336 page black and white paperback
Ponent Mon, 2020