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Paprika

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  821 ratings  ·  142 reviews
En el Instituto de Investigación Psiquiátrica de Tokio está en desarrollo una tecnología que permite introducirse en los sueños de los enfermos mentales y modificarlos como forma de terapia. Cuando se destapa un siniestro y enloquecido complot para hacerse con el control de dicho Instituto, se inicia una lucha que tendrá dos escenarios muy distintos, la realidad y el sueño...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Atalanta (first published 1993)
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Yasmin
I'm sure the translation wasn't the best it could have been, but I can easily look past the clumsy sentences and imagine that the original version was at least a little bit better. But for me the real problem here is not the language or the style or the pacing, it's what I percieved was the mindset of the author: that of a sexist and homophobic jerk.
I haven't read anything else by this author and I don't really know anything about who or how Tsutsui is, but the way he created these characters se...more
Tait
It's always interesting reading a book after watching (and being a big fan of) its movie version, especially in this case where the book's translation was only finished after the movie came out. Perhaps the main difference in this story about dreams taking over reality through stolen psychotherapy devices is that, unlike in Satoshi Kon's anime, where the more surreal imagery leaps from the screen within the first ten minutes, Tsutsui takes more than half the book for the content of dreams to bec...more
Max Nemtsov
Подытожим. Заунывный производственный роман о секте коварных пидарасов, основанной в Вене Фрейдом, которая старается принести в Японию, край непуганых идиотов, идеалы греческой красоты и плотской любви к мальчикам. Им доблестно противостоит японская народная блядь с золотым сердцем, которой за японское народное блядство (больше не за что) должны выписать Нобелевку. А коварные пидарасы хотят Нобелевку себе, поэтому напускают на героиню и ее корпоративных клиентов всякую мутную хуйню из подсознани...more
Ernest Junius
If there is any single reason I could finish this novel is because I have watched the movie; it brought me here. But what’s going on? Is it error in translation? Because honestly the prose… It feels like fresh coming out from a really bad hack. It’s not purple prose—it’s something else, what colours are worse than purple? Shit colour? It’s shit prose then. But in all fairness, aside from the prose (I’m trying to comment purely on the story here), the story falls like a cheap sci-fi telenovela sh...more
Marri
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Cayce
Paprika has been on my to-be-read list ever since I found out about it, about a year ago. I have seen Paprika, the anime movie a few years back and when I learned that it's based on a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, I was curious what the book would be like. Apart from a few vague tidbits, I don't remember much of the film, but I do remember that it was one hell of a weird anime. So when I picked this book up, I knew I was in for a unique ride.

As the book starts off we're immediately introduced to...more
Sara G
TLDR; conceptually interesting, but those concepts are not realized until the second half. Also, major trigger warning.

Paprika, a novel by prolific Japanese sci-fi author Yasutaka Tsutsui, is about the invention of a device to access others’ dreams. The protagonists and villains are doctors who work on psychological disorders at a cutting-edge clinic. Using the new device, they can watch a patient’s dreams and help diagnose and cure the patient’s neuroses. Of course, someone quickly realizes th...more
Elena
Nov 10, 2012 Elena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody, anybody
Amazingly good. Tsutsui plays with your mind yet you don't feel robbed, you feel all the ups and downs as the story comes and goes and gets confusing, yet you will also understand somethings that the characters didn't and you will be left with questions that they never asked.
I would surely recommend it (yes, not the best review, but to give a full extent review, for me, would be to try and spoil a flavor that only Tsutsui could leave in your mouth).
Jeremy Hurd
If you like your heroines to be smart, beautiful, Nobel-prize winning doctors, you might at first glance think this book is for you, but you would be wrong. Things start off innocently enough--a well-respected doctor moonlights as Paprika, a "dream detective" navigating her way through her clients' dreams as a way to find and isolate the source of their waking anxiety. Things start to get a little weird when Chiba's alter ego shows up at her client meetings disguised as a teenage girl, and every...more
Elizabeth
Atsuko Chiba, beautiful and brilliant psychotherapist, is one of the best and brightest working at the Institute for Psychiatric Research. She deftly uses the cutting edge psychotherapy devices that allow therapists to view patients dreams and even insert themselves into or manipulate those dreams to aid therapy. When helping private, rich clients, Atsuko disguises herself as Paprika to conduct therapy sessions in secret. Trouble starts when someone steals one of the psychotherapy devices to use...more
Mykola
Книжка, яку мені буде не шкода перечитати.

Ясутака Цуцуй — майстер, кажуть, постмодерної фантастики, прише, змінюючи високі і низькі жанри (в Японії вони традиційно досить сильно розмежовані). Все так! Тому й інші книжки потраплять на очі/до рук — буду читати.

В загальних рисах сюжет буде знайомий тим, хто бачив однойменне повнометражне аніме, мінус дитячість і мультяшність, плюс відвертість: пара вчених, комп'ютерний геній і психотерапевт, створюють і випробовують апарат, що дозволяє спостерігати...more
Ryandake
there are things i love tsutsui's writing for, and although this is an early book of his (at least in terms of what's been translated into English), those are all thoroughly on display: his very badly-behaving, un-Japanese characters; the weird and wild situations they get it; the utter disregard for any sort of verisimilitude.

then there are things that make me a little squeamish. more on those in a bit.

in this book, tsutsui's heroine is a shrink who is in line for the Nobel prize in medicine....more
Bryan Clark
Wow. Its not often I don't finish a book I start but I got about 1/3 of the way through 'Paprika' and just couldn't take any more. This is, hands down, the worst book I have read for some years. For starters it wins a prize for being the single least elegant translation I have ever read, coming across like incoherent flat pack furniture instructions. Add to this abysmal construction, misogyny, utter lack of characterisation, and a hackneyed plot - remember that awful Jennifer Lopez film 'The Cel...more
Lindsay
This has to be the silliest book I've read in a very long time. The characters were cartoonish, the plot disastrously constructed and the basic idea ruined as a result. There's a lot more Yasutaka Tsutsui could've done with his premise.
I do wonder, however, how much Paprika was affected by its translation. It didn't 'read' particularly well, and I found myself getting more and more frustrated as the book went on. I'd like to know what Japanese readers have made of it in its original form.
Oh, and...more
Marshall
After plodding through 85 pages of office politics, dull PR conferences, and uninteresting dream sequences at a psychic research institute, I lost interest. The premise of the book intrigued me when I bought it, but a big reveal about the identity of the dream detective Paprika was handled clumsily, I had very little sense of who the characters were and why I should care about them, the prose was wooden, and there seemed to be a whole soap opera's worth of bustling microdrama going on without an...more
Jill
So I don't know. Was this book seriously homophobic and misogynist? Was the structure really that formulaic and simplistic? Was I imagining the totally ridiculous, hyperidealized (and ultrasexualized) characterization of the female protagonist? Or do I just not get Japanese literature?

I keep trying. And the prime argument is that I'm not reading the right authors -- and yes, I'm sure that's true (recommendations?) to an extent. But I'm starting to think that there is something irreparably lost i...more
Christian
Paprika is a very busy, somewhat confusing book, so I assume this means my edition enjoyed a faithful translation from the Japanese. I had seen the anime movie version and was excited to read the book upon which it had been based. Their storylines diverge wildly, so I may as well have been reading a totally different work. Which is fine!

I hardly like to say anything about the story because I don't want to spoil anything. I'll tersely note some surprise that, if this novel is reflective of contem...more
Naomi
Picked this one up after enjoying the film by Satoshi Kon - the latter shares little with the source material, but that's by the by. This is a good book in its own right, very interesting ideas on the nature of technology and medical ethics written in 1993 (makes it even more interesting, it's peculiar for its time). A rather inventive sci-fi; perhaps if I'd read more sci-fi I'd find it derivative, but the elements of Japanese etiquette and mythology that pervade it give it something diferent. I...more
Julián Arce Sanchez
Oh my... what to do when you review a book that it's both praised and hated? (and you're in the middle?)

The book is... well... weird to say the least. I approached it coming not only as anime "aficionado", with a hobby of studying japanese culture, and a psychologist (with psychoanalitic orientation) so I guess I can contribute my two pennies worth.

Starting with the good - the book is a nice sci-fi take on the dangers of technology, of the battle of new innovations and deeped seated traditions;...more
Jean
I couldn't do it. While the plot was somewhat interesting, I felt no connection to the characters. Not enough to want to keep going. I only made it to the end of chapter 3 and just couldn't bring myself to pick it up. Perhaps I'm not in the mood for it. Storywise, it is fine but I'm in the mood for more character driven stories or perhaps stories with more introspection. But for now, I will give up on this novel until I'm in the mood for it.
Nenia Campbell
You can read more reviews at my blog, The Armchair Librarian!

This could have been SO GOOD. And it wasn't. Oh, the injustice. I mean a story about a chillingly near future where psychologists go into people's dreams to give them therapy and in-depth psychoanalysis? I'll ship it. And Paprika was a wonderful movie, with amazing cinematography and dazzling illustrations and color, and symbolism, and oh--

But the book sucks.

A lot.

The beginning was great. We are introduced to Atsuko, who is a brilliant...more
Anie
This was an odd book.

Most people are familiar with the story of Paprika from the Satoshi Kon movie based on this book. The movie is, as it turns out, the far superior version. Paprika isn't a bad book; the idea behind it is great, and large parts of the general plotline are quite good -- this is why the movie succeeds so well, I think. However, there's a few things in the execution of the book that really downgraded the excellence of the original idea for me. First, the prose is incredibly clunk...more
Oliver
A surreal and thought-provoking look at sanity, dreaming, and the politics of scientific research. Driver's translation is sometimes clumsy, as is Tsutui's handling of sexual content. It's not clear how much the former affected my perception of the latter. The book gave me a better understanding of Satoshi Kon's movie adaptation (which is overall the superior version).
John Pappas
Some interesting ideas here, especially if taken as a metaphor for the collective dream state of the internet and social media technologies, but a shabby plot, weak characterization and a terrible opening scene that almost causes the book to crash before it gets off the ground severely detract from the exploration of the important ideas manifested here.
Andrew Vice
This is probably one of my favorite novels. It's radical, full of action, crazy dream stuff, and surprisingly good writing. It's smooth and easy to digest, but doesn't patronize-you will reach for a dictionary. It's probably the most feminist book I've read as well. I mean, just look at the way they dispatch the main villain. Heh.
Michelle
This book was a pleasant surprise. These types of books are not my normal genre. I read this for one of my other book clubs and was really engrossed. It did start off slow but once you read the first 150 pages it picks up and is hard to put down. If you want to try something different read this
Heather Campbell
The concept is interesting, but this book has so many problems. The prose is awkward, though I don't know whether that's a translation issue or not.

This book really gives a negative impression of the author. It has such misogynistic, sexist, homophobic, generally hateful language that I found it difficult to get through. I've mentioned some of these issues in previous comments. Toward the end of the book, the author's badmouthing of his protagonists is thankfully replaced by a blow-by-blow desc...more
Bětka
Tímhle počinem mě Cucui přesvědčil, že je autorem, který mě baví. Paprika je jiná než další dva česky vydané romány, ale to vůbec nevadí.

http://listarna.blogspot.cz/2013/06/r...
Katie M.
Ugh, this book was kind of the worst. But I was too far into it by the time I realized that, and I couldn't be bothered to not finish it.

I have spent way too long trying to come up with the perfect exploitative pornography metaphor to describe this book, so instead I will just quote this review which puts it brilliantly: "the story falls like a cheap sci-fi telenovela shot by a director who can’t stop thinking about jerking off." Yep. Read at your own risk. Or better yet, don't.
Sarah Jane Smith
Scientists are finding new ways to treat mental illnesses every day. Some treatments border on the science-fiction. So what about a device that enters the dreams of a patient, can let the person treating them directly access the other's subconscious world and alter it? When the line between reality and dreams blur, where will science stand? Paprika, the basis for the Satoshi Kon film of the same name, tackles these massive issues and somehow manages to come out on the other side intact. If anyth...more
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Yasutaka Tsutsui (筒井 康隆) is a Japanese novelist, science fiction author, and actor. Along with Shinichi Hoshi and Sakyo Komatsu, he is one of the most famous science fiction writers in Japan. His Yumenokizaka bunkiten won the Tanizaki Prize in 1987. He has also won the 1981 Izumi Kyoka award, the 1989 Kawabata Yasunari award, and the 1992 Nihon SF Taisho Award. In 1997, he was decorated as a Cheva...more
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“His eyes were like black obsidian holes that threatened to suck everything in. Hypnotized, Atsuko couldn’t help being drawn down to his face. “Ah. You poor thing. You poor thing.” 0 likes
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