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Topaze

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  164 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
무라카미 류의 영화 <도쿄 데카당스>의 원작 소설. 사회에서 성공한 남자들과 풍속 산업의 첨단에 있는 여성들의 정신적인 외로움, 그리고 그들이 자기 정체성을 찾아 방황하는 이야기를 담았다.

12편의 단편을 수록한 「토파즈」는 <공원>, , <버스> 등을 제외한 나머지 9편 모두 SM을 소재로 했으며 주인공 모두 SM 클럽 소속의 여성으로 비정상적인 성행위를 한다. 작가는 각각의 단편을 통해 도시 문명의 고독과 퇴폐, 욕망과 권력의 문제, 그리고 모든 것으로부터의 도피처로서 신비주의를 그려낸다.

작가는 SM이라는 소재를 통해 현대인의 고독감과 상실감을 다루며, 숨겨진 인간의 욕망과 권력의 문제를 그려낸다. 파격적인 소재와 SM 클럽
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Published October 2005 by inventaire-invention (first published 1988)
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Thomas Hübner
Mar 19, 2016 Thomas Hübner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The protagonists in Ryu Murakami's collection of 15 short stories Tokyo Decadence are not your average salarymen and housewives you would probably expect from a contemporary Japanese author.

The stories, competently translated by Ralph McCarthy as it seems (I don't speak Japanese and can judge only from the language of the translation), are taken from five story collections originally published between 1986 and 2003.

They are depicting mainly the lives of Tokyoi
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Blake Fraina
This review is of the US edition issued by Kurodahan Press in March 2016 and translated into English by Ralph McCarthy.

To be completely honest, when I requested this book I thought the author was Haruki Murakami (of Q184 and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle fame). If I had known these stories were written by the man responsible for the story behind the Japanese torture-porn film Audition, it's more than likely I would have taken a pass.

Be that as it may, I received a free copy in exchange for an hones
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Norbert Preining
Feb 19, 2017 Norbert Preining rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The other Murakami, Ryu Murakami (村上 龍), is hard to compare to the more famous Haruki. His collection of stories reflects the dark sides of Tokyo, far removed from the happy world of AKB48 and the like. Criminals, prostitutes, depression, loss. A bleak image onto a bleak society.
This collection of short stories is a consequent deconstruction of happiness, love, everything we believe to make our lives worthwhile. The protagonists are idealistic students loosing their faith, office ladies on aberr
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Eccentrika
Jul 24, 2012 Eccentrika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, short-stories, pulp
Ho letto questo libro attirata da una pura curiosità. Solitamente amo i libri giapponesi e questo, (romanzo più famoso di Ryu Murakami, considerato dalla critica una delle opere più importanti del panorama letterario erotico postmoderno e dal quale nel 1992 è stato tratto un film) dal contenuto della trama, mi ispirava molto. Mi sono detta: se ne è stato tratto un film vuol dire che effettivamente è una storia che merita. Errore. Quando l'ho letto (poi me ne sono accorta dopo) non sapevo che la ...more
Camille
Jan 24, 2016 Camille rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from LibraryThing and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

This book was not at all what I thought it would be, and my low rating is because the subjects just weren't to my taste. I'm not sure what I was expecting but...

The stories are grouped based on theme, I think. For instance the first set all involve some mention of a certain baseball playe
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Alex Fyffe
Jul 23, 2016 Alex Fyffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Murakami details the lives of alienated young Japanese men and women adrift in a Westernized society that has confused their cultural understanding of self. Obsessed with empty sex, consumerism and drugs, prostitutes, thugs and art students wander through dead city streets, in and out of expensive hotels and fancy restaurants, seeking connections with other human beings but failing to ever hold on to anything meaningful. Lovers destroy each other through jealousy and excess, co-workers demean ea ...more
Aries
Aug 01, 2012 Aries rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racconti
Che delusione totale, questa è la prima cosa che ho pensato chiudendo il libro di Ryu Murakami (da non confondersi manco per sbaglio con Haruki, please).

Dell’autore avevo già letto Tokyo Soup, che mi aveva fatto una buona impressione pur rimanendo un genere molto particolare, sicuramente non adatta a tutti gli stomaci; quando ho affrontato Tokyo Decadence (titolo originale “Topaz”, no comment) mi aspettavo di trovare sì un libro altrettanto “forte” e “difficile”, ma che in qualche modo sapesse a
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D
Jan 24, 2017 D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A person whose bio reads:

A renaissance man for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami—a musician, filmmaker (Tokyo Decadence), TV personality, and award-winning author—has gained a cult following in the West.

would have made me stay away with my eyebrows raised to the very top of my forehead, but my first Ryu Murakami was In the Miso Soup and what that edition cleverly did was not summarise the novel but just print an excerpt from one of the more gristly scenes in the back of the book. Intriguing and
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Chon
Sep 11, 2016 Chon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, some of these stories capture the sadness of being lonely and the lack of fulfilness this brings in an ongoing spiral.

I'm not sure how to explain this properly.
These stories are not a good companion piece to Tokyo Decadence the movie, which features a vulnerable female protagonist who befalls several misfortunes. On the other hand, i played match-up a bit, seeing how all these ideas fully fledged themselves out into one character.

I grew to have a sour distaste for many of the male chara
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Yves Gounin
Dec 01, 2012 Yves Gounin rated it it was ok
Un Murakami peut en cacher un autre.
La célébrité de Haruki, l'auteur de "1Q84", a éclipsé celle de Ryu, auquel on doit pourtant "Les bébés de la consigne automatique" ou "Miso Soup".
Ses romans sont des descriptions trash d'un Japon contemporain déshumanisé et hyperindividualiste en quête de valeurs.
"Topaze" est un recueil de quatre nouvelles publiées en 1988. Elles ont en commun d'avoir pour héroïnes de jeunes prostituées SM. Comme Virginie Despentes, Ryu Murakami décrit crûment le monde du s
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Housewife Bubuchu
Рассказы о женщинах-проститутках с интеллектом от 2 до 5. Я могу понять альтернативщину и контр-культуру. Но это просто треш. Набор бессмысленных рассказов в которых феерически тупые бабы совершают максимально тупые и нелогичные поступки. Искать в этом некую истину и трагедию жизни невозможно. Лучше уж проститутку Кэт почитать, у нее хотя бы есть характер, интеллект и чувство юмора. А это в мусор.
Data79
Una storia banale, sciatta, confusa e assolutamente inutile. Il ritorno all'infanzia, visto come passato mitico e via di fuga, è superfluo. L'intero libro ha come unico scopo la veicolazione della descrizione di situazioni e avventure erotiche che vive la protagonista, peccato che invece di essere pruriginose o intriganti siano mal descritte e noiose.
Marco
Oct 21, 2013 Marco rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nel libro, a parte qualche rara occasione, è tutto freddo e asettico, dai dialoghi alle descrizioni degli atti sessuali e dei luoghi. Credo che l'autore abbia scelto volontariamente questo stile per denunciare la decadenza a cui si fa riferimento nel titolo, ma cercare di trasmettere qualche emozione in più, seppur negativa, non avrebbe fatto male.
Roberta
Mar 09, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia-orientale
Chissà come mai i giapponesi scrivono così spesso di sesso. Scelta commerciale o è proprio un modo diverso di viverlo? Entrambe le cose, penso.
Eppure alcune di questi racconti mi sembrano tanto storie d'amore.
Mi sono piaciute le donne rappresentate in queste pagine.
Riccardo
Dec 08, 2014 Riccardo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
non so come si faccia definire questo il "romanzo di rappresentanza" di Ryu Murakami. �� mille volte meglio Tokyo Soup. non dico che per il periodo non fosse un romanzo forte, ma oggi �� solo una raccolta di novelle vagamente erotiche decisamente di cattivo gusto.
Frank Karioris
It may be shocking to some, but it seemed much more tame to me than anticipated or than the blurb would indicate. Its well written, and I enjoy the ways the stories intertwined and, in many ways, repeated themselves in variations.
Marco Feed
È il terzo libro più brutto in assoluto mai letto.
Inutile aggiungere altro se non che solitamente amo la letteratura giapponese .
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Camille
Jul 01, 2014 Camille rated it liked it
Décidément bizarre. Ce n'était pas du tout ce que j'attendais, et c'est tout ce que je dirais là-dessus.
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La dernière nouvelle "La fille au nez tordu" est très belle, le reste un peu décevant.
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Ryū Murakami (村上 龍) is a Japanese novelist and filmmaker. He is not related to Haruki Murakami or Takashi Murakami.

Murakami's first work, the short novel Almost Transparent Blue, written while he was still a student, deals with promiscuity and drug use among disaffected Japanese youth. Critically acclaimed as a new style of literature, it won the newcomer's literature prize in 1976 despite some ob
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