After the Quake

After the Quake Murakami Haruki On the day of the Kobe earthquake a friend of mine was due to stay over with a friend in Kobe. The bedroom she would have stayed in was crushed by a falling building. The rest of the apartment survived almost undamaged, but if she had gone there, she would have […]

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Piercing

Piercing Murakami Ryu Murakami Ryu’s “Piercing” is an intense psycho-thriller in the vein of his earlier work, “In The Miso Soup.” This time instead of a murderous American tourist and the rotten side of Tokyo’s pink industry, we have a married man who was abused as a kid. Kawashima Masayuki thinks he stabbed someone when […]

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Vibrator

Vibrator Akasaka Mari Much in the same vein as Piercing and just as long, Mari Akasaka’s Vibrator is a perplexing book. It is much like a Murakami Ryu or Kanehara Hitomi book, all hyper and internal with the threat of violence. Yet, it is somewhere between the two. With Kanehara’s Autoficion there was no violence, […]

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