Almost Transparent Blue

Almost Transparent Blue


By (author) Ryu Murakami, Translated by Nancy Andrew

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 183mm x 10mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770029047
  • ISBN 13: 9784770029041
  • Sales rank: 133,316

Product description

This controversial novel touched the raw nerves of the Japanese and became a million seller within six months of publication. It is a semi-autobiographical tale of the author's youth spent amidst the glorious squalor of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll in 1970s Japan. Almost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base. Murakami's image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in a destructive cycle of sex, drugs and rock?n?roll. The novel is all but plotless, but the raw and

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Author information

RYU MURAKAMI was born in 1952. The only son of schoolteacher parents, he grew up in the port city of Sasebo in southwestern Japan. After graduating from a local high school, where he played the drums in a band called Coelacanth, he went to an art college in Tokyo. It was while studying there that he entered his first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, in a competition for new writers. Published in 1976, the book won a major literary award and sold over a million copies. Since then, he has worked for a publishing house, presented a weekly music and interview radio program, and hosted a TV talk show. His literary output includes two collections of stories Run, Takahashi (1985) and Topaz (1988), and the novel Coin Locker Babies (1980), which made its debut in English early in 1995. His roman a clef 69 appeared in English in 1993. He has also directed four movies based on his writing, causing a sensation at an Italian film festival when Tokyo Decadence was shown there in 1992. His latest film is set in the U.S. and Cuba.

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"A Japanese mix of A Clockwork Orange and L'Etranger." -Newsweek"Bugs and mucus, cheesecake and semen, rain and runways-all lovingly described." - Washington Post"Highly recommended for readers of the bizarre." -Antioch Review"A violent book-sharply begun and slammed quickly to a finish." -Bestsellers