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 Decadence") — depicting the comings and goings of call girls and their depraved businessmen clients in suites of Tokyo's Hotel New Otani — might fear for another yawn-inducing marathon of kinky sex.

Tokyo Decadence, by Ryu Murakami, Translated by Ralph McCarthy.
273 pages
Kurodahan, Fiction.