Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories

Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories

by Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy

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Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories by Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy

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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ISBN-13: 9784902075793
Publisher: Kurodahan Press
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,070,582
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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 best-selling novels, a dozen short-story collections, an armful of picture books, and a small mountain of essays. In his spare time, 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).
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).

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