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 ...

North Korea occupies Fukuoka in Murakami's alternate world

Jun 23, 2013

North Korea occupies Fukuoka in Murakami's alternate world

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Not to be confused with another famous Japanese novelist who has the same surname, Ryu Murakami is known for being an overtly political, even subversive, writer. “From the Fatherland, With Love,” his latest novel to be translated into English, cements that reputation. Taking place ...