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- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Format: Paperback | 217 pages
- Language: English / Japanese
- Dimensions: 127mm x 180mm x 15mm | 159g
- Publication date: 28 March 2006
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 014303569X
- ISBN 13: 9780143035695
- Sales rank: 139,432
From postmodern Renaissance man Ryu Murakami, master of the psychothriller and director of Tokyo Decadence, comes this hair-raising roller-coaster ride through the nefarious neon-lit world of Tokyo's sex industry. In the Miso Soup tells of Frank, an overweight American tourist who has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo's sleazy nightlife. But Frank's behavior is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion--that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing the city. It is not until later, however, that Kenji learns exactly how much he has to fear and how irrevocably his encounter with this great white whale of an American will change his life.
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Ryu Murakami, musician, filmmaker, TV talk show host, and novelist, is the author of Almost Transparent Blue, 69, and Coin Locker Babies, which the Washington Post praised as "a knockout . . . a great big pulsating parable." Ralph McCarthy is the translator of Murakami's 69 and two collections of stories by Osamu Dazai.
"A writer with talent to burn . . . Fellini and Gunter Grass, David Bowie and Dostoevski, Garcia Marquez and Mike Leigh's Naked all come to mind."