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When Q arrives at the island to take up his position as instructor at H reformatory, he finds things strange and puzzling. One can do anything or nothing. The instructors, who are not expected to instruct, occupy themselves in various ways. Q's room-mate, the crab-shaped theologian, preaches doom and destruction and indulges in a kind of self-flagellation; the literary man ...more
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Published 1979 by University of Queensland Press (first published 1969)
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Sean
Dec 31, 2015 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At an uncertain time, in a place that is nowhere, somebody who is no one, for no reason, is about to do something—and in the end does nothing; this is my ideal of the novel.

—Kurahashi Yumiko, “Negativity and the Labyrinth of Fiction” (1966; tr. Dennis Keene)
The intrepid sumiyakist Q has been dispatched to an island housing the H Reformatory on a secret mission to infiltrate its power structure and foment revolution among both the students and the ‘menials’, members of an underclass who are work
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Sep 17, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it
Kurahashi's only novel translated into English, (by Dennis Keene), is a dark sprawling satire written during the late 1960's, the time of student riots in Japan, H reformatory could be seen as a hypothetical version of the university under siege, the characters of the novel discuss at length the foibles of leftist thinking, God, Literary Theory, Cannabilism and many other subjects. Q, an undercover agent, arrives at H reformatory posing as an instructor although what exactly the job will include ...more
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Bought the Uni of QLD Press hardback years ago. Its a very odd novel but a very good read if you can get your hands on a copy.
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Yumiko Kurahashi (倉橋 由美子 Kurahashi Yumiko, October 10, 1935 – June 10, 2005) was a Japanese writer. Her married name was Yumiko Kumagai (熊谷 由美子 Kumagai Yumiko), but she wrote under her birth name.

Her work was experimental and antirealist, questioning prevailing societal norms regarding sexual relations, violence, and social order. Her antinovels employed pastiche, parody, and other elements typica
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