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
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About the Author
Ralph McCarthy lives in Southern California. He has translated several novels by Ryu Murakami, including Sixty-Nine, In the Miso Soup, and Popular Hits of the Showa Era, as well as works by Yayoi Kusama (Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama and Hustlers Grotto), Teru Miyamoto (two of the novellas in Rivers), and Osamu Dazai (Blue Bamboo and Otogizoshi: The Fairy Tale Book of Dazai Osamu).