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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:280
  • eBook ISBN:9784902075793

Tokyo Decadence

15 Stories

by Ryu Murakami

Book Image Not Available
Overview
A cream-of-the-crop selection of Murakami's brilliance and piercing wit. This collection shows sides of Ryu Murakami that even avid fans may not be expecting. The intriguing, somewhat disturbing stories that Topaz was based on are included here, as are three entertaining and revealing portraits of the artist as a young man back in the Transparent Blue period of the late sixties and early seventies. We hear tales told by four very different individuals living in eighties Tokyo, each with his or her own problems but all with a thing about a certain pro baseball player, and we meet a brokenhearted young woman who finds an unexpected moment of love in the nineties and a single mother who stumbles on a ray of hope in the hard times of the noughties. Mixed in there somewhere are three linked stories about desire and obsession, with the timeless, seductive rhythms of Cuban music in the background. This book contains explicit content and is not suitable for minors.
Description
A cream-of-the-crop selection of Murakami's brilliance and piercing wit. This collection shows sides of Ryu Murakami that even avid fans may not be expecting. The intriguing, somewhat disturbing stories that Topaz was based on are included here, as are three entertaining and revealing portraits of the artist as a young man back in the Transparent Blue period of the late sixties and early seventies. We hear tales told by four very different individuals living in eighties Tokyo, each with his or her own problems but all with a thing about a certain pro baseball player, and we meet a brokenhearted young woman who finds an unexpected moment of love in the nineties and a single mother who stumbles on a ray of hope in the hard times of the noughties. Mixed in there somewhere are three linked stories about desire and obsession, with the timeless, seductive rhythms of Cuban music in the background. This book contains explicit content and is not suitable for minors. Contents: From Run, Takahashi! (1986) Whenever I Sit at a Bar Drinking Like This I Am a Novelist It All Started Just About a Year and a Half Ago Each Time I Read Your Confession From Topaz (1988) Topaz Lullaby Penlight From Ryu's Cinematheque (1995) The Last Picture Show The Wild Angels La Dolce Vita From Swans Swans Historia de un Amor Se Fue All of Me From At the Airport (2003) At the Airport
About the author
Ryu Murakami was not yet 24 when he won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for his debut novel, Almost Transparent Blue. He has now published some forty novels, a dozen short-story collections, an armful of picture books, and a small mountain of essays. Ryu hosts a popular and long-running weekly TV show focusing on business and economic topics, and has for many years promoted tours and produced records for Cuban musicians. He has written and directed five feature films, of which Topaz, a.k.a. Tokyo Decadence (1992) is probably the best known, and many of his novels have been made into films by other directors (notably Takashi Miike’s Audition). Ryu Murakami novels published in English include Coin Locker Babies, Sixty-nine, Piercing, Audition, In the Miso Soup, Popular Hits of the Showa Era, and From the Fatherland, with Love.
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