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 control...it's absolutely compelling to read.” — The Japan Times“Kitakata…[is] part Spillane, part Dostoevsky, but always hard-boiled.” — Hackwriters.com
About the Author
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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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!
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?
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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."
A great off beat piece of Japanese literature.