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ISBN13: 9780143038634
ISBN10: 014303863x
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A pulsating psycho-thriller from Ryu Murakami, author of In the Miso Soup

A renaissance man for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami—a musician, filmmaker (Tokyo Decadence), TV personality, and award-winning author—has gained a cult following in the West. His first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, won Japan’s most coveted literary prize and sold over a million copies, and his most recent psychosexual thriller, In the Miso Soup, gave readers a further taste of his incredibly agile imagination. In Piercing, Murakami, in his own unique style, explores themes of child abuse and what happens to the voiceless among us, weaving a disturbing, spare tale of two people who find each other and then are forced into hurting each other deeply because of the haunting specter of their own abuse as children.

Review:

"In this short, tense and brutally eloquent thriller from Japanese author Murakami (In the Miso Soup), Kawashima Masayuki, a young urban professional, faces the terrible fear he will stab his baby daughter, Rie, just as he once stabbed the stripper he lived with when he was 19. He decides killing a young prostitute will alleviate the building pressure inside him and protect both Rie and his sweet wife, Yoko. He plans everything meticulously, but what he doesn't bargain for is that his intended victim, Sanada Chiaki, an s&m worker, is as disturbed as he is. During their appointment, Chiaki experiences a 'Nightmare' episode that results in a twisted game of cat-and-mouse. Murakami doesn't waste a word or a movement in this near-haiku of a tale that's breathless with anxiety and fraught with pain." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Ryu Murakami is the author of several novels, including Coin Locker Babies, which the Washington Post praised as“a knockout . . . a great big pulsating parable” and In the Miso Soup.

Ralph McCarthy is the translator of Murakam‛s 69 and In the Miso Soup, and two collections of stories by Osamu Dazai.

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Erik Arteaga, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by Erik Arteaga)
Ryu Murakami's latest is an uncomfortable peek into everyone's darker side of the psyche. Kawashima Masayuki has an obsession, a thirst that he is compelled to quench regardless of what common morales dictate...to stab someone with an ice pick. Ryu's books read like cinematic blue prints or sketches, if your movies are dark art brut pieces often confusing the casual viewer, but hitting those few to think about themselves.
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Erik Arteaga, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by Erik Arteaga)
Ryu Murakami's latest is an uncomfortable peek into everyone's darker side of the psyche. Kawashima Masayuki has an obsession, a thirst that he is compelled to quench regardless of what common morales dictate...to stab someone with an ice pick. Ryu's books read like cinematic blue prints or sketches, if your movies are dark art brut pieces often confusing the casual viewer, but hitting those few to think about themselves.
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Erik Arteaga, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by Erik Arteaga)
Ryu Murakami's latest is an uncomfortable peek into everyone's darker side of the psyche. Kawashima Masayuki has an obsession, a thirst that he is compelled to quench regardless of what common morales dictate...to stab someone with an ice pick. Ryu's books read like cinematic blue prints or sketches, if your movies are dark art brut pieces often confusing the casual viewer, but hitting those few to think about themselves.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143038634
Author:
Murakami, Ryu
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
McCarthy, Ralph
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.20x5.11x.54 in. .30 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this short, tense and brutally eloquent thriller from Japanese author Murakami (In the Miso Soup), Kawashima Masayuki, a young urban professional, faces the terrible fear he will stab his baby daughter, Rie, just as he once stabbed the stripper he lived with when he was 19. He decides killing a young prostitute will alleviate the building pressure inside him and protect both Rie and his sweet wife, Yoko. He plans everything meticulously, but what he doesn't bargain for is that his intended victim, Sanada Chiaki, an s&m worker, is as disturbed as he is. During their appointment, Chiaki experiences a 'Nightmare' episode that results in a twisted game of cat-and-mouse. Murakami doesn't waste a word or a movement in this near-haiku of a tale that's breathless with anxiety and fraught with pain." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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