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ISBN13: 9784770028969
ISBN10: 4770028962
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A surreal coming-of-age tale that establishes Ryu Murakami as one of the most inventive young writers in the world today.

Abandoned at birth in adjacent train station lockers, two troubled boys spend their youth in an orphanage and with foster parents on a semi-deserted island before finally setting off for the city to find and destroy the women who first rejected them. Both are drawn to an area of freaks and hustlers called Toxitown. One becomes a bisexual rock singer, star of this exotic demimonde, while the other, a pole vaulter, seeks his revenge in the company of his girlfriend, Anemone, a model who has converted her condominium into a tropical swamp for her pet crocodile.

Together and apart, their journey from a hot metal box to a stunning, savage climax is a brutal funhouse ride through the eerie landscape of late-twentieth-century Japan.

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This work, from one of Japan's most inventive young writers, traces the surreal adventures of two abandoned teenagers in the heart of Tokyo. Murakami's first novel, "Almost Transparent Blue", sold over one million copies on first publication.

Synopsis:

Japan's most surreal coming-of-age story about two troubled boys abandoned at birth in adjacent train station lockers.

About the Author

RYU MURAKAMI was born in 1952. The only son of schoolteacher parents, he grew up in the port city of Sasebo in southwestern Japan. After graduating from a local high school, where he played the drums in a band called Coelacanth, he went to an art college in Tokyo. It was while studying there that he entered his first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, in a competition for new writers. Published in 1976, the book won a major literary award and sold over a million copies. Since then, he has worked for a publishing house, presented a weekly music and interview radio program, and hosted a TV talk show. His literary output includes two collections of stories Run, Takahashi (1985) and Topaz (1988), and the novel Coin Locker Babies (1980), which made its debut in English early in 1995. His roman a clef 69 appeared in English in 1993. He has also directed four movies based on his writing, causing a sensation at an Italian film festival when Tokyo Decadence was shown there in 1992. His latest film is set in the U.S. and Cuba.

STEVEN SNYDER, the translator, is Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Among his first-rate translations from Japanese are Kunio Tsuji's The Signore: Shogun of the Warring States, which won the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize; Ryu Murakami's Coin Locker Babies; Kenzaburo Oe's A Healing Family; and the forthcoming Out by Natsuo Kirino.

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Zaphikiel, June 18, 2006 (view all comments by Zaphikiel)
I read this book a few months ago, and found it absolutely amazing.

Not for the faint of heart, it's enticing in the idea it presents. The two boys are as aforementioned abandoned in coin lockers by their mothers almost immediately after birth. The story that ensues is absolutely amazing as these boys begin their quest to find the ones that abandoned them at birth and get ultimate revenge.

This book definately stays with you after you've put it down, and even now every time I think of DATURA I get chills. The ending is definately unexpected, and this novel keeps you guessing up until the last page.

I recommend this book to practically everyone, and I hope you have the opportunity to pick it up. You won't be dissapointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9784770028969
Translator:
Snyder, Stephen
Author:
Snyder, Stephen
Author:
null, Stephen
Author:
Murakami, Ryu
Author:
null, Ryu
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Tokyo (Japan)
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Asia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature, English
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series:
Japanese for Busy People
Publication Date:
20020809
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 line illus
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
5.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 in 0.806 lb

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