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Winter Sleep Paperback – Jan 1 2005

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“The spirit of James M. Cain's novels hovers over Winter Sleep, a bleak but compelling slice of deadpan noir.” The Seattle Times“(Winter Sleep) gives new meaning to the term ‘splatter’.” — Agony Column“Kitakata manages his nihilistic climax with consummate's absolutely compelling to read.” The Japan Times“Kitakata…[is] part Spillane, part Dostoevsky, but always hard-boiled.” —

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Kenzo Kitakata is the undisputed don of hardboiled and mystery writing in Japan. Immensly popular wiht mature readers both male and female, his works have won numerous literary awards.

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Inside Someone Else's Head April 21 2005
By Bruce Critchley - Published on
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I was fascinated with this book, as I was with ASHES. Each took me into the life and thoughts of someone I would never expect to identify with, and I was completely absorbed. I appreciated sharing the most mundane moments in first person with the principal character, as well as his high and low moments. In a way that Takeshi Kitano did with his early gangster films, I felt that I had been given an important insight into what it could really be like to be an artist.

The characters were very interesting and complex, each with a mysterious history, and their interactions were highly unexpected right to the end. The plot moved forward in a logical manner, and the ending was satisfying, something I can't say for many Japanese novels I have read.

Kitaka seems to be known as a crime writer, but crime didn't seem to be the main emphasis here. A good book!
The Artist Lives Sept. 7 2015
By C. Leach - Published on
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Want to know Van Gogh?
Reach into the artistic heart of the Mad Ones?
Mozart, Beethoven, Gauguin, those who lived and died for their art, caring little for the accepted ways of us all?
Want to know Poe?
Here they are. The book is called a "mystery". No! It is a great novel---noir, existential, deep---delving into the uncharted depths of those who are driven beyond mere existence---those for whom it can be said, " the Artist lives, the rest exist." There are other great artists created in fiction, Gulley Jimson of "The Horse's Mouth" comes to mind, not as destructive as Nakagi, not as reclusive quite, but a man just as far apart. What comes to mind is Don Marquis' "The Lesson of the Moth"---"i wish I wanted something as bad as that moth wanted to fry himself."
Psychology of a certain type of artist May 18 2015
By Sye Sye - Published on
Format: Paperback
Living inside an artist's head can become claustrophobic. We spend an autumn in an artists head as he paints during a retreat in mountains. While there is a crime element to the story and a hard-boiled style of writing, this book transcends a crime novel tag. As we spend a winter with Nakagi in a kind of hibernation, we seem him gradually emerge into a growing awareness of other people and their lives. Save this book for cold weather, it is a great read and hard to describe. Another book that is similar is Plainsong by Kazushi Hosaka, though without the criminal aspects.

A great off beat piece of Japanese literature.
Five Stars July 24 2015
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