Yasutaka Tsutsui

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Yasutaka Tsutsui

Yasutaka Tsutsui 筒井康隆

Yasutaka Tsutsui  (1934–)  was born in Osaka and graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto. He is particularly well known for his science fiction. His short story O-tasuke (Help), which appeared in the first issue of NULL, a science-fiction magazine he founded, won him the recognition and respect of Edogawa Rampo, the celebrated "father of Japanese mystery writing." In the 1970s Tsutsui began experimenting in a variety of styles, from slapstick and black humor to metafiction. His Rappa o fuku ototo (My Brother the Trumpeter) and 48-oku no moso (4.8 Billion Delusions) have been translated into German (respectively titled Mein bruder, der Trompeter and Millandenwahn), and Kazoku hakkei (tr. What the Maid Saw) and Tatazumu hito (tr. Standing Woman) are available in English. He has received the 1981 Izumi Kyoka Prize for Kyojin tachi (Great Hollow Men), the 1989 Kawabata Yasunari Prize for Yoppadani e no koka (Fall into Yoppa Valley), and the 1999 Yomiuri Prize for Literature for Watashi no guranpa (My Grandpa).

Books by Yasutaka Tsutsui
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    Hell

    The vividly surreal depiction of Hell portrayed in this book is as enchanting as it is grim. The story has been highly praised for its poetic style, which is said to read like a series of haiku. Takeshi, age 57, has just gotten into a traffic accident. W …

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    My Blood Is Someone Else’s

    Inspired by Dashiell Hammet's Red Harvest, this outrageous novel about corruption and fighting in a small town is one of the finest examples of the author's experiments in pulp fiction. Kinukawa is a young businessman at a construction company in a small …

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