Tokyo Performance

Tokyo Performance

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Tokyo Performance is set in the pre-internet age, brilliantly captures the zeitgeist of Japan at the time. In this riveting, entertaining and wholly poignant tale, a Japanese celebrity receives a phone call while live on air that will change his life forever.

Nori, a high profile Tokyo-based celebrity chef with his own weekly television show, is famous and beloved and he knows it - but he's about to put in his strangest performance.

Award-winning writer, playwright and film director, Roger Pulvers, brings his love and deep fascination for Japanese culture to Tokyo Performance, a funny and, at times, tragic story, which explores the cost of fame.

Red Circle Minis: Original, Short and Compelling Reads

Tokyo Performance is part of Red Circle Minis, a series of short captivating books by Japan's finest contemporary writers that brings the narratives and voices of Japan together as never before. Each book is a first edition written specifically for the series and is being published in English first.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 3.56mm | 54.43g
  • Red Circle
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912864029
  • 9781912864027
  • 40,032

Review quote

'Roger Pulvers' recollections of life in Japan are bound to become a part of Japan's national heritage.' Ryuichi Sakamoto, musician and composer

'Tokyo Performance reminded me of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize winner, A Horse Walks into a Bar. David Grossman's novel has a stand-up comedian self-destruct in front of his audience, and the same happens here, if in a shorter time-frame, with Inomata determined to go down in flames (or flamola, à la Iron Chef).' Tony's Reading List

'In this 58-page short-story, a part of the Red Circle Minis series, Pulvers brings us into the troubled life of a TV co-host in a humorous, whimsical way that seems utterly believable despite its absurdity. A quick, fun read'. Books on Asia

'Everything about this series' intention and design is steeped in Japanese culture...the books are thematically diverse [and] signal a cultural exchange...communicating directly and intentionally with Western audiences through fiction.' TLS

'By ingeniously blending TV narration with a stark and revealing stream of consciousness, Pulvers' Tokyo Performance connects you with the moment while highlighting the bizarre polarity of celebrity, arrogance and decay.' Alex Pearl, author of Sleeping with the Blackbirds

''Few Japanese intellectuals have absorbed Japanese culture to the extent that Pulvers has. If there were no Pulvers, Japan would be a much less interesting country!' Seigo Matsuoka, editor, author and professor
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