365 Views of Mt. Fuji: Algorithms of the Floating World

365 Views of Mt. Fuji: Algorithms of the Floating World

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by Todd A. Shimoda, L. J. Shimoda
     
 

Curator Keizo Yukawa flees a dead-end job in Tokyo to head a new museum devoted to 365 paintings of Mt. Fuji - one for each day of the year - by the eccentric genius Takenoko. Takenoko died a hundred years ago, but his legacy of madness infects each member of the Ono family, who own the Views but disagree about almost everything. Yukawa's manipulation by the Onos and… See more details below

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Curator Keizo Yukawa flees a dead-end job in Tokyo to head a new museum devoted to 365 paintings of Mt. Fuji - one for each day of the year - by the eccentric genius Takenoko. Takenoko died a hundred years ago, but his legacy of madness infects each member of the Ono family, who own the Views but disagree about almost everything. Yukawa's manipulation by the Onos and his fascination with an algorithmically controlled daughter lead to many strange happenings and his ultimate disintegration. Threadlike character "bytes" and hundreds of Hokusai-inspired illustrations suggest the nonlinear world below the high-tech veneer of a modern Japan that is increasingly, dangerously fragmented.

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Atlantic Monthly
The layout of the book is designed to agitate, if not actually madden, the reader....The whole complicated tale is a metaphor for the author's view of modern Japanese society as an assemblage of incompatible elements and traditions that create psychological civil war in its citizens. If the novel's purpose is grim, its action is lively and the symbolism is provocative.

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ISBN-13:
9781880656358
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.04(d)

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