Title: Book of Human Insects.
Author: Osamu Tezuka.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, manga, crime, mystery, social criticism.
Publication Date: 1970-1971 (translated in 2012).
Summary: Toshiko Tomura is a modern-day Michelangelo. This 20-year-old is already an established international stage actress, an up-and-coming architect, and the next recipient of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize as Japan's best new writer. She has the amazing ability to emulate the talents of others - she has plagiarized, blackmailed, stolen and replicated the works of scores of talents, and a long list of frustrated enemies. Neglected as a child, she is challenging the concepts of gender inequality while unleashing her loneliness upon the world, as she climbs the social ladder one body at a time.
My rating: 8/10