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Realm Of The Dead

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Realm of the Dead describes the lands of both the living and the dead. In this collection of short stories, they are equally dark and mysterious worlds where logic and reality are subject to constant change and where ideas about identity and self are continually questioned. Considered one of the foremost innovators of Japanese modernism, Hyakken incorporates a distinctly n ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1922)
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George Berguño
I have been rather surprised by the average ratings that Uchida Hyakken’s “Realm of the Dead” has gathered on Goodreads. Because of this I have decided to write a review that provides some context for appreciating Hyakken’s work. My review will be limited to the eighteen stories that make up “Realm of the Dead”. I will not be reviewing the second cycle of stories known as “Triumphant March into Port Arthur”, for, although there are many stylistic similarities with the first cycle, the second par ...more

In that it was like someone telling you their dreams....
Nate D
Jul 31, 2012 Nate D rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: A stranger, just reaching an unfamiliar town of inscrutable streets
Recommended to Nate D by: A voice, speaking low over still water
In fact, some of these stories are actually amazing. At best, Uchida has an incredible sense of space and landscape, stage for an eerie anticipatory present in which anything may occur and often does, imbued with urgent yet indescribable portents conveyed in dream and fever. It's wonderful. And in the first collection of the two joined here, first published in 1922, Uchida actually seems to have been foreseeing many of the promises of the incipient Surrealism, often exactly in the way that de Ch ...more
1.5 - I struggled to finish this collection of short stories and to give some meaning to, at least, the few stories that I appreciated. But I'm ready to admit that I don't like reading about fantasy or the supernatural, if this book fits into any of these genres.

It reminded me of Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan however, I remember that book being more folkloristic, while Uchida's stories are more like nightmares put on paper, therefore it makes it difficult to know what to think of them. The few stori
I have never read anything like this before.
Marija S.

Books like this one are the reason why there should be one more category beside 'to read', 'currently reading' and 'read', which would be called 'done with'. Maybe it's just me, but it seems Uchida's novels are on the level of C-rated works in fanzines of experimental writing. I usually give books I pick up a chance and read them through, but in this case I'll gladly make an exception.
Farah SA
This is one of the books I couldn't wait to finish reading it. Not because it is really good, but because I do not really like it. Out of 47 stories in total, none of them caught my attention. I felt obliged to read it. The stories are beautifully written, yet I can't understand every single of them. I squinted so hard to see underneath the underneath, but still, I can't grasp their meanings.
I could swear that this is a dream journal. I'm not sure what to make of it though. It was just like watching a dream TV. I think it would be a good read when one feels too attached to the material world. Like a "wakeup call" that this is not the only world that is.
Like when you hear a great song, buy the album and find that the song you liked was the only good song, this group of short stories I found ultimately disappointing because of how good "The Leopard" was. Read that! It will take you ten minutes, tops.
japanese short stories about the beyond..
Ana Silva Rosa
Read for school. Creepy, but not scary.
Very dreamy.
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