"The nice thing about Tsutsui is that history and modernity combine effortlessly, as do drab reality and fantasy." - Philip Hensher, The Daily Telegraph "Imagine a manic J.G. Ballard, but one with an even darker past to work out." - Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian "Tsutsui stands squarely within the modern and post-modern domain from Franz Kafka to J.G. Ballard" - The Independent
About the Author
Born in Osaka, Yasutaka Tsutsui is particularly well known for his science fiction. After graduating from Doshisha University, he founded NULL, a science fiction magazine. His short story Oo-tasuke (Help) won him the recognition and respect of Rampo Edogawa, 'the father of Japanese mystery writing'. In 1970s Tsutsui began experimenting in a variety of styles, from slapstick and black humour. Winner of various awards including Izumi Kyoka Prize, Kawabata Prize and Yomiuri Literary Prize.