Recent posts tagged Ryū Murakami


Piercing (Ryū Murakami)

More of (Ryū) Murakami's misfits, but told with the great directness and simplicity of construction he's best at.

A Caring Man (Akira Arai)

A loner takes revenge on all of Japan. Efficient thrills but a bit hollow.

Popular Hits of the Showa Era (Ryū Murakami)

A book like this leaves me divided. Popular Hits of the Showa Era is black comedy of the kind that would have made Terry Southern proud, and is written in a wild, paintball-splatter style where most every sentence has something...

In the Miso Soup (Ryū Murakami)

Tokyo nightlife tour guide Kenji, who has made an art form out of letting the sleaze he witnesses slide off his back, finds himself with something he can't shrug off when an American tourist named Frank turns out to be...


Mailbag Dept.

Review material, sent my way or purchased, for which detailed reviews will probably appear before long. Here's my quick-and-dirty rundown of what's currently in the bag ... Audition, Ryu Murakami -- yes, this is the novel that was adapted into...


In Print Dept.

AICN Anime has news on a couple of upcoming books in translation.Ryu Murakami's Audition novel, source for the Takashi Miike movie, will be released in North America in June.[*]The next Yasutaka Tsutsui (Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)...

Lost In Translation All Over Again Dept.

It's been a while since I did a rundown of things not yet in English that have caught my attention recently. Kataribe I did a full piece on, of course, but here's some other things from the shelf that so...

Pain Growings Dept.

Ryū Murakami weighs in on Japan's belated coming-of-age:Op-Ed Contributor - Japan Comes of Age -

Tokyo Decadence

From the outside, Tokyo Decadence looks and smells like the 1990s version of In the Realm of the Senses. It oozes with sex and social criticism alike, employing sleaze as a delivery mechanism for its deeper message. But while Senses...

Almost Transparent Blue (Ryū Murakami)

There are two authors named Murakami. Don’t get them confused; this’ll be on the test. Haruki Murakami is the master of daily whimsy, the author of Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. He...

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