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By Alfred Birnbaum Masahiko Shimada Mariko Ōhara Masato Takeno Amy Yamada Gen'ichiro Takahashi Haruki Murakami Eri Makino | Comments: ( 876 ) | Date: ( Aug 25, 2019 )

Cyberpunk, sci fi and erotica all meld together in this collection of cutting edge short stories The authors tend towards near zero emotional chill, stunned urbanity and a shiny kind of violence.


  • Title: Monkey Brain Sushi: New Tastes in Japanese Fiction
  • Author: Alfred Birnbaum Masahiko Shimada Mariko Ōhara Masato Takeno Amy Yamada Gen'ichiro Takahashi Haruki Murakami Eri Makino
  • ISBN: 9784770028907
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Alfred Birnbaum Masahiko Shimada Mariko Ōhara Masato Takeno Amy Yamada Gen'ichiro Takahashi Haruki Murakami Eri Makino

Alfred Birnbaum is an American born in 1957, living in Myanmar when he is not traveling elsewhere.He has spend many years in Japan since childhood, and has been actively involved in the visual and performing arts there He is also one of the leading translators of contemporary Japanese fiction, with three major novels by Haruki Murakami, and the award winning A Burden of Flowers by Natsuki Izekawa, among his translations from the back cover of Monkey Brain Sushi New Tastes in Japanese Fiction



Comments Monkey Brain Sushi: New Tastes in Japanese Fiction

  • Adam Howells

    Alfred Birnbaum's introduction to this book downplays the fiction in this volume as neither serious literature nor pulpy trash; rather, he tells us it finds its stride in the middle of the road. The stories are artfully displayed, hence the sushi, and bounce frenetically between a variety of subjects, much like the unmindful "monkey brain" of Buddhism. To put less metaphorically, these stories are enjoyable, possibly escapist realities.This really downplays the content of this anthology. There i [...]


  • Courtney

    I have a thing for short stories. I love writing them. I love reading them.I also am somewhat of an (un?)closeted Japanophile.Thus Monkey Brain Sushi caught my eye at a discount book store.I have to admit that a handful of these stories were somewhat too odd/creepy/oversexualized for my taste, but this collection houses a few real gems.My personal favorite was Mazelife by Kyoji Kobayashi. It's a beautifully crafted story about a man seeking God, who quickly becomes disappointed with all the avai [...]


  • Intortetor

    bah: alla fine "fiocchi di neve di peonia" sa essere toccante (ed è di gran lunga la cosa migliore qua in mezzo), "il giorno più buio del giappone" fa alzare un sopracciglio per la curiosità (ma è roba di un attimo)e "il diario di yamada" sorprende nel suo anticipare (1988!) i videogiochi alla "the sims" (ma poco altro: la solita storia di adolescenza buttata via). peccato che tutto il resto non si lasci ricordare


  • Strong Extraordinary Dreams

    Read this years - decades - ago. It really expanded my then young mind as to what short stories could be.


  • Kate

    (Original pub date: 1991)This is a collection of "modern" (compiled in 1991) Japanese short stories. Except, many of them aren't even short stories, I discovered, but excerpts from novellas. What the heck was the editor thinking?!? It destroys the integrity of the work if you cut half of it out; there's almost no point in reading it at all. It's like a sampler of various author's writing styles, presented without any possibility of deriving some meaning from the work.Some of it was ok, and most [...]


  • Michael

    I stumbled across "Monkey Brain Sushi" (what a title, right?) on the shelves of the local Half Price Books back in the mid-90s. "New tastes in Japanese fiction" the cover declared. Well hey, I enjoy manga and anime, so why not? Plus it was five bucks--can't go wrong there.I'll echo the comments of several other reviewers here in that I was disappointed to discover that many of what I thought were stand-alone short stories were, in fact, just chapters or excerpts from longer novels. That's not to [...]


  • Ippino

    Questa antologia presenta otto racconti ed un fumetto, scritti tutti tra il 1984 ed il 1988.Tra questi, spiccano per tipologia "La ragazza", unico fantascientifico del lotto, e "Il giorno più buio del Giappone", il fumetto appunto.Rispetto alla qualità, invece, si fanno notare il geniale ed ironico "Esame di ammissione di giapponese per studenti zelanti", l'originale "Il diario di Yamada" ed il pimpante "Sproing!".Non è una raccolta eccezionale, anzi: alcuni racconti sono soporifieri e mancan [...]


  • Alexander Páez

    Interesante compendio de relatos y extractos de novelas publicados a finales de los 80. Entre los autores se ven algunos que hoy en día son muy populares (o lo han sido) como Haruki Murakami o Amy Yamada. Es interesante descubrir nuevos (para mí) autores. En conjunto me ha parecido una antología irregular y con pocos relatos destacables, pero por aquel entonces esta iniciativa me hubiera parecido excelente. Pero colocar fragmentos de novelas largas que no se han llegado a publicar en inglés [...]


  • Brittany

    Oddly, I was given this book by one of my high school English teachers after expressing an interest in Japan and Japanese literature--and these are a collection of tales I find myself going back and reading over and over again. They are all modern to post modern, and as such have intriguing and often sexual themes from authors who are either quite popular in translation now or have yet to be published otherwise in English. Amy Yamada's Kneel Down and Kiss My Boots remains one of my favorite stor [...]


  • Terri Jacobson

    This collection of short stories, published in 1990, features stories written by what was then the young vanguard of Japanese fiction. The writers were born between 1947 and 1966, and were considered the best of the new generation that came of age in the 1980s. The stories are interesting from this historical perspective. They are quirky, unusual, and definitely would not be to everyone's taste. I enjoyed this collection because I have a special interest in Japanese fiction.


  • Kyle Muntz

    This anthology was an amazing surprise. It was full of the kind of contemporary Japanese writing I've always suspected existed, but haven't seen much of since so little of it is translated. I originally came across this book hunting for obscure translations of Genichiro Takahashi (his piece alone is worth checking the book out), but there some other great finds as well, especially Kyoji Kobayashi and Masahiko Shimada.


  • Roberta

    Ma, non era quello che mi aspettavo. Due o tre bei racconti, il manga ha un bel finale, ma non mi ha coinvolto come altri romanzi o racconti. Forse devo rimanere sulla letteratura giapponese standard.


  • Isaac

    This is mostly shivery modernist nothingness but includes a few incisive, worthwhile stories, including an incredibly dead-on satire of multiple-choice reading comprehension tests, of all things. Worth picking up just for that.


  • Raditya Dika

    a collection of angry, experimental writing of contemporary japanese writers. i hate how murakami wrote in this one. dwarfs and all, this kind of stuff to, ehm, artly-advanced for me.


  • Will E

    A grab-bag, and out of date now, but nonetheless an interesting collection of stories.


  • Sae-chan

    Well, it's true that excerpting from a book doesn't do any justice to the book. But what can I say, excerpt or no excerpt, I really liked them. They are the edges of edgy.


  • Clark

    Spotty good/bad. Another book I picked up solely for the Murakami short (TV PEOPLE), which upon completion in this case made me feel very uncomfortable.


  • Noah Parks

    This is the book that got me interested in Japanese fiction. That was a long time ago and I should reread it as I cant remember a single story.


  • Paul

    An excellent introduction to the world of contemporary Japanese fiction A few stories are less stellar than others but overall an excellent collection of short stories.


  • Christiaan Keaton

    I’m thoroughly enjoying this read. It is bizarre, edgy, hilarious & bold…in other words, it’s so me!


  • charlotte Phillips

    Japanese contemporary short stories. Includes Haruki Murakami’s “TV People.” Some amazing stories, some really wacky ones.


  • Mikael

    one story actually a comic or graphic story for shonen knife groupies/fantagraphics dandipsters


  • Jesse

    TV People by Haruki Murakami is surreally hilarious and engrossing. Mazelife by Kyoji Kobayahshi is a madcap Stanislaw Lem style take on personal philosophy.


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  • Best Read [Alfred Birnbaum Masahiko Shimada Mariko Ōhara Masato Takeno Amy Yamada Gen'ichiro Takahashi Haruki Murakami Eri Makino] µ Monkey Brain Sushi: New Tastes in Japanese Fiction || [History Book] PDF â
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