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Hombres salmonela en el planeta porno

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  897 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
Poruno Wakusei no Sarumonera Ningen

Una planta produce sueños eróticos, una ciudad se inclina un poco todos los días, un hombre anodino es perseguido por todos los medios de comunicación, una atiborrada masa de bañistas se aplasta en una playa abrasadora, unos científicos tienen la misión de investigar un planeta en donde todo es sexual. Bajo el prisma de un mundo absurdo,
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Paperback, 182 pages
Published March 2008 by Editorial Atalanta (first published 2005)
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Tosh
May 07, 2009 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barely hearing of Mr. Yasutaka Tsutsui, I picked this book up in Tokyo for the plane ride back to Los Angeles - basically because it was a collection of short stories and it's easier for me to put down once in awhile - but alas I had a hard time leaving my hands off this book. A really remarkable read!

In many ways his short stories remind me of Boris Vian's short fiction, and almost all of them are rather absurd. Yet the main character is always the everyman going through some frustrating extrao
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Alan
Dec 24, 2008 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the curious and wry
Recommended to Alan by: Judged by its cover
Occasionally gruesome and sometimes (though not as often as you might expect from the title) sexually graphic, this is not a book for kids. It is a beautiful package, though. As called out by BoingBoing, this book has one of the best covers of 2008, with photographic collages front and back designed by Jonathan Sainsbury.

Translator Andrew Driver also deserves recognition for his deft work in general, and for particular choices which must have been difficult - Tsutsui's characters and locations a
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Trin
Well, this was weird. I really liked some of the stories in this collection—and I deeply loathed others. “The Very Edge of Happiness,” for example, is a brilliant and chilling piece of social commentary; “The World Is Tilting,” however, is one of the most misogynistic pieces of crap I’ve suffered through all year. What am I supposed to do with that?

You know, I really hate that I’m even in the position to have to review half of what I read from the perspective of my angry ovaries; I start to feel
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Dead John Williams
May 31, 2015 Dead John Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
If you like stories that are slightly off-centre, quirky but coherent, interesting and humourous then you'll like this. This is how the first story begins:

The Dabba Dabba Tree

My father came up from the country carrying a curiously shaped bonsai tree.
“This here’s a Dabba Dabba Tree,” he announced, showing it to me and my wife. “It’s a special kind of cedar, see.”

“My, what an odd-looking thing,” said my wife, examining it with a look of puzzlement.
The tree was about eight inches tall. It was thick
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Marshall
Sep 21, 2012 Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting collection of short stories -- and, after the leaden, unreadable novel Paprika, a welcome change. I had a feeling Tsutsui could write and would be enjoyable in a better translation. Ironically, the same translator worked on this one too. Perhaps the novel was just taxing. In any event, I enjoyed most of the work in this book very much, although I think some of the stories work better than others, often mixing surrealism, humor, and lacerating satire. My favorite by far ...more
York
Sep 05, 2015 York rated it really liked it
Mis audífonos se descompusieron y debo admitir que eso ha ayudado a que retome la lectura de todos mis libros pendientes.
Este, es una colección de cuentos, tan absurdos como perturbadores. Las historias siempre inician con un planteamiento que parece común, luego se torna bobo, hay un gran giro WTF y la intriga por ver cómo lo resuelven te mantiene en vilo hasta el desenlace, que casi siempre no se propone explicar nada, sólo mantener la farsa y llevarla al límite.

Funciona, funciona muy bien. Y
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Brian
Aug 25, 2009 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ben
Shelves: read-2009, asian
I've often thought that if I placed my left foot forward first instead of my right or sneezed 3 times in a row and held in the 4th or hiccuped and coughed just right, reality would probably shift a little to the side revealing a parallel reality, a reality that would at first appear slightly screwed and skewed but then would feel just like any another humdrum reality. I often think of such silly things. I often get the hiccups.

Tsutsui evidently hiccuped and coughed just right. This book of stori
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Rose
Aug 25, 2009 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time of year, the weather in Tokyo, Japan is about ten degrees warmer than here in New York City. But for all its coolness and class—the art, the food, that sexy language—the cultural climate in Tokyo can be as kooky as anywhere in the Unites States if looking through the eyes of Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui’s collection Salmonella Men on Planet Porno. This surprising group of odd short stories is Tsutsui’s multi-angled example of a world in which our smallest, most taken for granted ac ...more
Caroline
a collection of short stories. I not even sure how I ended up with this book. I can't remember if someone recommended this to me, or if I picked it up because the title was just so wild. What this book is, is a collection of short stories. I'm on the fence with this book.

A few of the stories are funny and tongue-in-cheek, such as the Dabba Dabba Tree, a story about a conical bonsai tree which, if placed at the foot of the bed, gave the occupants erotic dreams somehow spliced with reality, or Rum
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Sonia Almeida Dias
Mar 11, 2016 Sonia Almeida Dias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia
This was a different and interesting book. As I said several times before, I am enjoying a lot reading book from Japanese writers, or about Japan, as they are so different from ourselves and our culture that sometimes it doesn’t even seem we live on the same planet. And that’s why I feel we cannot appreciate these short story on the same frame of values as our occidental culture, we have to be more open minded.

We can immediately see that on an opening line of the first short story:
Yes, we were
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Tyson
Dec 30, 2008 Tyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book in the new books seciton of the library and was intrigued. I am immediately drawn to make comparisons (and contrasts) with Haruki Murakami, though Tsutsui is not on Murakmai's level. The collection of stories arefun, and does make me exicted to read anything new by him. Appearently, he is a prolific author in Japan. Not much has been translated however. he also appreently dabbles in Manga. Neat.

The translation is good, but I sense that the book would carry more resonance in Japan
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Israel
Dec 06, 2008 Israel rated it really liked it
Recommended to Israel by: Ritz
El papá de la Metaficción al fin en español.

"Hombres salmonela en el planeta porno" está conformada por 6 relatos excéntricos, bizarros e hilarantes.

Tsutsui es la mejor prueba de que en el mundo literario la ficción y la realidad no se diferencian.

- El bonsái Daba Daba (5/5): Original y erótico, Fucking hilarious!

- Rumores sobre mi (5/5): Excelente metáfora sobre la banalidad de los medios de comunicación.

- El límite de la felicidad (5/5): Seguramente el mejor relato del libro; desenmascara la f
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River
Aug 10, 2014 River rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gallery of fascinating obscenity and reality-bending tales that I am sure to reread. Kafkaesque in execution, there is much of the truly strange observable in the mundane, serving as obvious metaphors for humanity's borderline-insanity. While the narrators are all of a similar waylaid or powerless and cuckolded variety, the stories are surprisingly different in content with many strong and distinguishing moments. This was very unlike anything I've ever read, and explores themes of sexuality, c ...more
Abel
Apr 16, 2016 Abel rated it really liked it
Dejémoslo una vez más en 3,5 pero ya sabéis que redondeo hacia arriba.
Los relatos de este volumen me han gustado mucho, pero he tenido un problema muy grande con el último de ellos, que es precisamente el más largo y el que da nombre a la colección.
El autor lo usa para poner sobre la mesa una serie de tesis y eso está fenomenal... pero la historia me parece que no está a la altura. Se queda vacía, y da la sensación de que sólo se alarga para que Tsutsui tenga ocasión de exponer más y más ideas e
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Kyle Muntz
The title novella is the real attraction here--it was a funny, strange, inventive look at a planet where everything essentially survives by fucking everything else, with some in-depth looks at its genetics, ecosystems, evolution (which, of course, turns into a great meditation on obscenity and science as well). Other than that, I skipped through the stories, but all of the ones I read were just okay. Tsutsui has been called "the guru of Japanese metafiction", but all of them felt bland in compar ...more
Mimi
Jan 23, 2016 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 文学
so weird. terrific translation work! this is a really natural read, unlike some other japanese works in translation i've found. but seriously, the title story - probably my least favorite but almost certainly the most memorable of a bunch of quirky little "what if?" tales.
Maria
Sep 27, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo leí completo hoy, de un tirón. Divertidísimo. Fantasía de aguas profundas.
julieta
When I started reading this book, I thought maybe it was not the book for me at this moment. But there are some pretty great highlights here, and there is more to the absurd, when you look at more things these stories speak about, like the absurd idea of war, corruption, consumerism , lack of freedom.

There is one thing though, and I can't help mentioning it. What is up with the women in this book? The only nice
Ones are the younger, sweet girls. While all other women are just interested in their
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Paty
Nov 25, 2016 Paty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los hombres salmonela en el planeta porno es un libro de relatos bien divertidos!! No soy fan de las antologías pero ésta realmente me gustó, a excepción del cuento que lleva el mismo nombre del libro. Se me hizo largo y tedioso.
JaumeMuntane
Oct 10, 2016 JaumeMuntane rated it liked it
3'5/5
Jessica Roa
The short stories in this book were hit or miss for me. I would say I enjoyed about less than half of this book. The stories I did enjoy had that surrealism/science fiction aspect that I find thought provoking. "Rumors about Me", "Commuter Army", and "The Last Smoker" were the stories I enjoyed the most. There rest of the stories were a bunch misogynistic bullshit, and am honestly surprised I got through those stories. "The World is Tilting" is probably one of the worst stories I've ever read. I ...more
Penelope
I really enjoyed this book, but I feel somewhat torn about trying to give it a rating (I'd say 2.5 ish?). There's a decidedly male voice throughout the stories; I think I might go so far as to say that "maleness"/masculinity is a characteristic of nearly every story. Tsutsui's characters cannot be called heroes--so I can't just say that this book is full of pumped up male characters. That's not the case. It's quite the opposite, really...most of the characters are depraved, desperate, or transfo ...more
Ritz
Se llama en castellano Hombres salmonela en el planeta Porno. Publica la editorial Atlanta, si alguien lo consigue que avise porque lo quiero. Cumplo pronto, el 5 de junio.

“La imaginación de Yasutaka Tsutsui fabrica historias fantásticas tan retorcidas y satíricas que la ciencia ficción nipona no se entiende sin su concurso: los autores de manga y el cine (suya es la semilla de “El show de Truman”) lo vampirizan, y acapara los mayores galardones patrios”.
Antonio Lozano. Qué leer

Una planta produc
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Álvaro Arbonés
En el humor es clave encontrar un punto de parodia, de extrañeza, un lugar desde el cual podamos sentirnos identificados en tanto lectores/espectadores antes de que algo subvierta todo aquello que dábamos por hecho. El humor nace del vértigo producido por el terror, por descubrir que nuestra racionalidad no es suficiente para prever las consecuencias de habitar un mundo absurdo; si un chiste viene taquigrafiado, si vemos venir lo que ocurrirá, nunca logrará hacernos gracia, pues no habrá cuestio ...more
Vince Darcangelo
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This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS

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By Vince Darcangelo, Special to the Rocky

Published November 27, 2008 at 7 p.m.

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* Fiction. By Yasutaka Tsutsui. Pantheon, $21.95. Grade: B+

Book in a nutshell: In a career that has spanned more than four decades, science-fiction writer Yasutaka Tsutsui has become one of Japan's most esteemed authors, winning the Tanizki and Kawabata prizes
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Sophia
Apr 15, 2012 Sophia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salmonella Men on Planet Porno is a collection of varied tales which all have a bizarre or surreal angle (some more than others). I actually hadn’t planned to read it yet, but couldn’t resist just trying the first story about a strange plant – the dibba-dabba plant - which, if placed at the foot of the bed, causes its owners to have erotic dreams. The dreams are so life-like the dreamers aren’t sure any more what’s a dream and what’s real, and even meet other dibba-dabba owners having dreams of ...more
Kiera Healy
This book is weird. There's really no other word for it. I was drawn to it because of its title, and it proved even more outlandish than I anticipated.

It's a collection of short stories, all of which contain some bizarre or fantastical elements. It's very much a mixed bag. Some of the stories are great. Some are dire. Most are somewhere in between. I particularly enjoyed 'Bad for the Heart', which features a neurotic narrator whose obsession with medicine for his psychosomatic heart condition ta
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Tfitoby
I got this beautiful looking book from the library. The received stamp is dated 2008 and five years later it looks immaculate. I'm not sure there's much demand for fantastical allegories of 70s Japanese society in Western Australia. However highly regarded the author is in his native country and however rare it is to find his work translated to English.

I hate the idea of mentioning him but there really is similarity to Haruki Murakami in this collection of short stories from Tsutsui. It feels li
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M. A. P.
Sep 08, 2015 M. A. P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-novella
Really, I wanted to like this collection way more. It has some very malevolent kind of humour and social satire about desire, violence, and avaricousness in it that I tend to have an almost morbid fascination towards...

But, there is a very pervasive sense of misogynism to these stories that is very, very hard to ignore. Sure, make the women in these stories greedy, ungrateful, overly demanding and whatever else - it's not like the men were really much better in their weak-willed, pathetic, enti
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Matt
Jan 14, 2010 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A weird book that I had really varied reactions to: some of the stories I thought were real garbage, weird ideas stretched out in uninteresting directions-- these are primarily the meta stories, I guess, and they didn't work for me because they were too interested at winking at their own cleverness.

Other stories, which were more about characters in weird situations, were better, though many of these, too, suffered from some really regressive anti-femininst misogyny. I mean, I found some of the a
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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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