Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories

Ryu Murakami (Author) Ralph McCarthy (Translator)

Product Details

Kurodahan Press
Publish Date
March 15, 2016
5.0 X 8.0 X 0.63 inches | 0.67 pounds
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About the Author

Ryu Murakami is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels and the winner of Japan's prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Audition. He lives in Japan.
Ralph McCarthy's translations include Ryu Murakami's Audition, In the Miso Soup, Piercing, Sixty-Nine, and From The Fatherland, With Love.


  • ...the seamier side of Japan's capital city... captures the unique flavor of the city through his cutting dialogue and often achingly beautiful descriptions. --World Literature Today
  • ...this book was terrifying. Terrifying because it threw a side of society which exists and thrives everywhere but is deftly hidden most of the times right to my face... --Literary Sisters
  • Murakami is indeed Dazai's true spiritual heir: a worldly, unshockable writer whose natural milieu lurks in the degeneracy of the world around him. ... No matter how sunk into depression, nihilism and cynicism we are--how much we give ourselves up to decadence and abuse--there is another purified and elevated version of ourselves waiting to be tapped into. Resonating with some fascinating ideas on the nature of art itself, Murakami's stories offer a fearless and iconoclastic insight into the subterranean obsessions and passions of Japan's megalopolis. --Damian Flanagan, The Japan Times
  • Tokyo Decadence could be a depressing read with all these drifters, hoodlums, prostitutes, drug addicts and women on the verge of a nervous breakdown or beyond; the fact that Ryu Murakami was hailed by some media as an author in the mould of Bret Easton Ellis or Chuck Palahniuk seemed to suggest that I was to expect a book I would most probably not really enjoy very much. But it turned out that this book was a pleasant surprise. [...] Highly recommended! --Thomas HΓΌbner, Mytwostotinki
  • A very welcome collection: Murakami remains an underestimated and underappreciated author (though fortunately quite a few of his works have been translated into English), and this is a very good introduction to his writing, giving a good sense of what he does and how he does it. It offers new insights to old fans, too. -- Michael Orthofer, The Complete Review