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Paprika (Vintage Contemporaries)


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ISBN13: 9780307389183
ISBN10: 0307389189
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Widely acknowledged as Yasutaka Tsutsui's masterpiece, Paprika unites his surreal, quirky imagination with a mind-bending narrative about a psychiatric institute that has developed the technology to invade people's dreams.

When prototype models of a dream-invading device go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, it transpires that someone is using them to drive people insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba has to journey into the world of fantasy to fight her mysterious opponents. As she delves ever deeper into the imagination, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred, and nightmares begin to leak into the everyday realm. The scene is set for a final showdown between the dream detective and her enemies, with the subconscious as their battleground, and the future of the waking world at stake.


“Yasutaka Tsutsui is the doyen of avant-garde Japanese writers. His work is by turns innovative, thought-provoking and — not least — extremely entertaining.” The Independent (UK)

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.

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Sarah Hayes, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Sarah Hayes)
The writing is excellent and the world-building is incredibly detailed, but I was let down by an impossibly perfect main character, her supporting characters who all fell in love with her, and the author's blase attitude towards anti-women violence and sexual abuse. I would recommend this novel with the caveat that the reader watch the Satoshi Kon adaptation of it immediately after; the anime brings all the lush sci-fi details to life while skipping the more questionable elements.

I wrote about Paprika in more detail at my blog, Nagareboshi Reviews at Blogspot (may contain spoilers for the overall novel).
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Tsutsui, Yasutaka
Vintage Books
Literature-A to Z
japan;fiction;fantasy;science fiction
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Vintage Contemporaries Original
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