"I cannot live without books." -- Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Yasutaka Tsutsui's remarkable collection of short stories "Salmonella Men on Planet Porno"

While in Tokyo I picked up this remarkable collection of short stories called "Salmonella Men on Planet Porno" by a Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui. Just this volume alone I have become a mega-fan of this author's work. The stories are absurd, smart, very funny, and kind of Boris Vian like in that the characters or the tone of the stories are very anti-authority.

When I last looked, we have one copy of this book in the store. I strongly suggest that you rush out to Book Soup and pick this book up. I haven't read anything new that totally turned me on in a big major way. Murakami fans I think would also like his work. He's not as serious as Murakami, but they do share a vibe of some sort.

Here's a picture of the book cover:

I haven't had the chance to read the texts and stories on his personal website, but do visit: http://www.jali.or.jp/tti/en/index.htm

And his other book that we carry at Book Soup "Hell" is also for sale and last time I looked there was also one copy on the bookshelf.

This is the next book I am going to read. Discussion anyone?

1 comment:

Caroline said...

amazing titles. and covers. if you say it's good, tosh, it must be good. shall we talk about it on the podcast this week...?