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Ryu Murakami turns on another light in Tokyo's lurid basement

Mar 5, 2016

Ryu Murakami turns on another light in Tokyo's lurid basement

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This collection of short stories arrived with a warning from the publisher: “Graphic sexual content.” Perhaps it was worried that reviewers would blush to the tips of their toes upon reading it. However, anyone who has encountered Murakami’s excruciating 1992 sadomasochistic film “Topazu” (“Tokyo ...

After the Banquet

| Feb 13, 2016

After the Banquet

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Considering Yukio Mishima’s reputation, it seems odd that a book as innocuous as “After the Banquet” could have had such an impact. The novel tells the story of Kazu, the owner of a restaurant frequented by the rich and powerful of Tokyo society, and ...