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Winter Sleep [Paperback]

Kenzo Kitakata , Mark Schilling

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Book Description

Jan. 1 2005
The legendary Japanese master's Winter Sleep take you into the hardboiled world of art -- where ex-cons are philosophers, young lovers are combustible, and aesthetics is life. An artist's quest for growth from one of the world's greatest stylists.

Nakagi, an ex-con painter who has sequestered hismself in a mountain cabin, is trying to elevate his art. The only thing breakin his solitude are the visits of two women: an art dealer who wants him to produce the sort of paintings that she would like to buy from him, and a young aspiring, and soulful apprentice. When Nakagi welcomes an escaped felon into the emotionally fraught fold, and begins to teach him to pain well. Winter Sleep awakens to a literally incendiary climax.

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (Jan. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932234136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234138
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.8 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Someone Else's Head April 21 2005
By Bruce Critchley - Published on Amazon.com
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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!

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