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I first got interested in this because it is the basis of one of my favorite films, directed by the great Imamura. This is an outrageous book - cynical, profane, sexual, pathetic, and almost always hilarious. Nozaka is an artist with a jaundiced view of things - he sees his characters as strange, clownish figures, floundering about and trying to accomplish their futile goals in an absurd world. Yet within the depressing, even tragic, situations, he finds humor and reasons to keep going, chasing ...more