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How I Tried to Be a Good Person

Ulli Lust


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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.

Praise For How I Tried to Be a Good Person

An intimate and imaginative follow-up graphic memoir to Lust's Ignatz award–winning punk travelogue.

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

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

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

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.

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 very definition of a warts and all memoir, this is a complex and meaty read.

Fantagraphics, 9781683962038, 368pp.

Publication Date: July 16, 2019

About the Author

Ulli Lust was born in 1967 in Vienna, Austria. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.