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The Dark Room Paperback – 1979

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International; 1st edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870113615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870113611
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,057,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Known in Japan for his translations of the maverick Henry Miller Yoshiyuki here makes the territory of the master his own. Shuichi Nakata is a writer--clearly the author (the lack of critical distance in the writing is reminiscent of both Miller and Bukowski as is the overall style)--whose sexual meanderings and existential ennui draw us casually through a languorous, almost negligent, narrative. A woman, Natsue, begins to beguile and then obsess our narrator. The story starts to focus as Nakata's feelings for Natsue intensify. Yoshiyuki won the Japanese equivalent of the Booker, the Tanizaki Prize, for this lucid, erotic short novel. Despite its worryingly misogynistic overtones (again like Miller and Bukowski) Yoshiyuki's understanding of the incessantness that defines love and defies sense, and his ability to frame and articulate that confusion, marks him out as an artist of note. The Dark Room encourages the need to place modern Japanese literature on writing's world stage. --Mark Thwaite --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on 4 Dec. 2012
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I thought this was ok. But anyway, I wish Amazon would pay tax in the UK. Taxes pay for schools that teach people to read. People who read buy books from Amazon. It's money they owe. Pay up Amazon!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What is Birth, What is life and what is loss 29 April 1999
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I first glanced this novel about 6 years ago.. 6 years later I have passed this book on to many. Its hard to sit through, some of the ideas are extremely un-nerving.. its not a happy tale, and its not something which at the end will bring you closer to light..
It is in short. a hard truth.. maybe one of despair.. more so.. one of torment and Apathy. Loss is so much of our lives though..
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