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    Coin Locker Babies (Japanese for Busy People) (Paperback) By (author) Ryu Murakami


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    DescriptionThis work, from one of Japan's most inventive young writers, traces the surreal adventures of two abandoned teenagers in the heart of Tokyo. Murakami's first novel, 'Almost Transparent Blue', sold over one million copies on first publication. A surreal coming-of-age tale that establishes Ryu Murakami as one of the most inventive young writers in the world today. Abandoned at birth in adjacent train station lockers, two troubled boys spend their youth in an orphanage and with foster parents on a semi-deserted island before finally setting off for the city to find and destroy the

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    Coin Locker Babies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ryu Murakami
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 394
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    ISBN 13: 9784770028969
    ISBN 10: 4770028962

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 550
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP034
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ADOLES
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 31
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 07
    B&T Approval Code: P24105201
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC030000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Edition statement
    2nd edition
    Kodansha America, Inc
    Imprint name
    Kodansha International Ltd
    Publication date
    22 August 2002
    Publication City/Country
    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. STEVEN SNYDER, the translator, is Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Among his first-rate translations from Japanese are Kunio Tsuji's The Signore: Shogun of the Warring States, which won the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize; Ryu Murakami's Coin LockerBabies; Kenzaburo Oe's A Healing Family; and the forthcoming Out by Natsuo Kirino.
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    "The third of this prolific Japanese author's 30 novels to appear in English, this is a cyber-Bildungsroman of playful breadth and uncertain depth . . . The settings seem lifted from Japanese animation epics: an abandoned mining town, an underwater tunnel and a retreat in the mountains. . . .a lush and frantic imagination . . . expansive and exciting." -Publishers Weekly"A knockout ... a great big pulsating parable." -Washington Post"Deliciously grotesque." -Philadelphia Inquirer"The work of Murakami who is also a filmmaker begs comparison with film. Robocop comes to mind as bearing the closest resemblance to this novel." -Library Journal.".. an amazing, imaginative adventure." -Beverley Curran, The Daily Yomiuri"Its power grabbed me by the heart."-Banana Yoshimoto, best selling author of Kitchen"Devilish and brilliant." -Oliver Stone, filmmaker"Startlingly hip, frighteningly inventive." -Roger Corman, filmmaker"A writer with talent to burn." -Gary Indiana, author of Rent Boy