Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

by Yasutaka Tsutsui
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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno by Yasutaka Tsutsui

An irresistible mix of imagination, satire, and humor, these stories by acclaimed Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui imagine the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide.
 
The opening story, “The Dabba Dabba Tree,” details the hilarious side effects of a small conical tree that, when placed at the foot of one’s bed, creates erotic dreams. In “Commuter Army,” a sly commentary on the ludicrousness of war, a weapons supplier becomes an unwilling conscript in a war zone. “The World is Tilting” imagines a floating city that slowly begins to sink on one side, causing its citizens to reorient their daily lives to preserve a semblance of normality. And in the title story, we see how obscenely absurd the environment on Planet Porno appears to a group of scientists. The stories in Salmonella Men on Planet Porno winningly combine madcap hilarity and a sharp eye toward the insanities of contemporary life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307389152
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/12/2010
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,245,210
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

One of modern Japan's most renowned writers, Yasutaka Tsutsui has won the Tanizaki Prize, the Kawabata Prize, and several other awards. He was decorated as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in Japan.

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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Hibari More than 1 year ago
It has some of the surreal tone that you find in Haruki Murakami's writing but with a humorous twist. I tend to like avant-garde writing and this is definitely avant-garde. If you are a fan of the weird and surreal this book is for you. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Murakami fan I'd come across some reviews that said that Tsutsui's first English language translation was a must. Maybe I was expecting more, but I was mostly disappointed. Clever ideas of a generally satirical sci-fi flavor, told quickly and engagingly with the feel of a cartoon Kafka. Overall the repeated depictions of nagging, insatiable women got a little old. The title story is one of the weaker by my count, I enjoyed the opener, Rumors About Me, and The Commuter Army best.