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By Kawamata Chiaki Thomas Lamarre Kazuko Y. Behrens | Comments: ( 515 ) | Date: ( Apr 04, 2020 )

Japan, 1980s A special police squad is tracking down one of the afflicted to recover the stuff Although the operation seems like a drug bust, the stuff is actually some kind of text Death Sentences a work of science fiction that shares its conceit with the major motion picture The Ring tells the story of a mysterious surrealist poem, penned in the 1940s, which, thJapan, 1980s A special police squad is tracking down one of the afflicted to recover the stuff Although the operation seems like a drug bust, the stuff is actually some kind of text Death Sentences a work of science fiction that shares its conceit with the major motion picture The Ring tells the story of a mysterious surrealist poem, penned in the 1940s, which, through low tech circulation across time, kills its readers, including Arshile Gorky and Antonin Artaud, before sparking a wave of suicides after its publication in 1980s Japan Mixing elements of Japanese hard boiled detective story, horror, and science fiction, the novel ranges across time and space, from the Left Bank of Paris to the planet Mars.Paris, 1948 Andr Breton anxiously awaits a young poet, Who May He recalls their earlier encounter in New York City and the mysterious effects of reading Who May s poem Other World Upon meeting, Who May gives Breton another poem, Mirror, an even unsettling work Breton shares it with his fellow surrealists Before Breton can discuss the poem with him, Who May vanishes Who May contacts Breton about a third poem, The Gold of Time, and then slips into a coma and dies or enters another dimension Copies of the poem are mailed to all of Who May s friends Breton, Gorky, Paul luard, Marcel Duchamp, and other famous surrealists and dadaists Thus begins the magic poem plague Death Sentences is the first novel by the popular and critically acclaimed science fiction author Kawamata Chiaki to be published in English Released in Japan in 1984 as Genshi gari Hunting the magic poems , Death Sentences was a best seller and won the Japan Science Fiction Grand Prize With echoes of such classic sci fi works as George Orwell s 1984, Ray Bradbury s Fahrenheit 451, William Gibson s Neuromancer, and Philip K Dick s Martian Time Slip, Death Sentences is a fascinating mind bender with a style all its own.


  • Title: Death Sentences
  • Author: Kawamata Chiaki Thomas Lamarre Kazuko Y. Behrens
  • ISBN: 9780816654550
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments Death Sentences

  • Karen

    Warning: minor plot spoilers & also some possibly trigger-y stuff about sex and violence.****The use of the word "masterpiece" to describe this book is to stretch the meaning so thin that you could read the classifieds through it.This translation of Kawamata's sixteenth novel (which won at least one major Japanese genre prize) is out of the U of Minnesota, so it comes larded with critical hoo-haw on both sides (foreword and afterword.) In between is a novel that reads sort of like this:The w [...]


  • Decayke

    Pay no attention to the Bechdel Test. It's meaningless drivel. This is a good book, if flawed. Those flaws have nothing to do with gender issues however. Reform School Girls and She Devils of the SS both pass that test. Are you going to try and tell me that those films don't objectify women? In fact, it's often harmful. If a book is dominated by males and a female character makes her mark, it fails the test. If a woman is an introvert, the book fails the test. Under the test, a woman's relations [...]


  • Joux

    Quick, light read. Some style lost in translation but the short sentences propel you forward very quickly as meant to be. Book is sort of skipping genres; French art and literary history, drug heist, a possible war on humanity, all in different settings across space-time. So in that sense a lot of typical Japanese creation and viewpoint involved. Was a bit repetitive in the middle and then ending was abrupt but was fitting and nice, the short type where you either have to 'get it' immediately or [...]


  • Turnip

    I found the first third of this book utterly fascinating, but the book read a little like the camera was on the wrong character for a lot of it.I found the idea solid, the execution felt curious in points, but overall it was a pretty compelling story. With that said, I don't feel the ending gave a whole lot of satisfaction. I think it's important that, regardless of the subject matter, this book is more literary than it is science fiction or slipstream, and the ending reflects that.I would defin [...]


  • Scott

    4.5 STARS


  • Acaciabee Blackwell

    Several things interested me about Kawamata’s Death Sentences. One thing that stood out to me is that the narrative is highly concept-driven, without a great amount of characterization, imagery, or even to a certain extent, plot. For example, I was intrigued by the idea of a text which, when read, poisons or transforms it’s reader irreversibly, and how that concept, seen through the lens of mid 20th century surrealist sensibilities, alluded to the whole 20th century as a sort of unfinished p [...]


  • Andrew

    For a book written so sparsely, Death Sentences is a dizzying experience chockfull of ideas, blending the hard-boiled with the surreal and shifting seamlessly from psychological horror to grand metaphysical statements. The resolution is perhaps a little underwhelming, though to Kawamata's credit this is because he builds a concept up so well that I found myself disappointed that it ended before going even further (perhaps he's unlocked a Who May mastery of language himself). It's ultimately a ti [...]


  • Suzanne

    A strange, but compelling book, this takes the "see me and die" theme of Ringu, or Pahlaniuk's "Lullaby" to new mysterious dimensions. Weaving in and out of time and place, from 30's Paris to 2030's Mars, the Surrealist movement of the early twentieth century is made responsible for the fate of the world, as some of them always thought they were. I thought the translation was a bit awkward, but it did leave an unreal feel to the novel, so maybe it was meant to be that way.


  • Bethany

    While the lack of women as people and only as sexual objects did bother me as a woman, I was so engrossed in the idea and the atmosphere of the novel that it didn't detract from the experience. If you love poetry and surrealism this is a very fascinating read. I am gullible though and find it easy to sink myself into something so unrealistic and fantastic and I love it when I find a world that takes me to such a weird interesting place.


  • Stephen

    Very quick read with a good conceit and a somewhat lackluster ending. The scholarly contextualization (in a forward by Takayuki Tatsumi and an afterword by co-translator Thomas Lamare might not be for everyone, but provides some insight into the Kawamata's place in Japanese SF and his interesting take on the continuum of surrealism and science fiction.


  • World Literature Today

    Written in the style of a fast-paced airport novel, Death Sentences surprises with its originality and conceptual depth." - Michael A. Morrison, University of OklahomaThis book was reviewed in the November 2012 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: bit/VBNDFt


  • flum

    i did not experience a a magical poem, a 'vortical experience', as the forward to the novel might suggest. recommended for those who enjoy frustratingly long montages and stretches of little to no plot development.


  • Starburst93

    3.5. Quick read, interesting premise, ended too abruptly. The author should have developed the plot further, climax was sudden and disappointing - felt like I read half a book, an unfinished painting that would have been fascinating, I suspect, if completed.


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  • Tenma

    Great book and fun to read The novel traces the history of a poem with psychotic powers from its inception in the past to its profound impact on the future of mankind, several centuries into the future Brilliantly written, albeit it abruptly ended Hence the 4 stars


  • Will E

    A great idea marred by not-so-great writing.


  • Fleece

    what did i just readnot reading a summary would've made me enjoy this even more, i thinkit was pretty noir and intense


  • Steve

    Reviewed by D. Harlan Wilson on Los Angeles Review of Books:lareviewofbooks/article


  • Carlos

    El final es extraño, con poca fuerza, pero da lo mismo. La historia se quedaba conmigo cada vez que cerraba el libro y hasta incluí Dobaded a mi vocabulario cotidiano.


  • Mariana

    Can reading a poem lead to addiction and death?


  • Katie J Schwartz

    Complex but good.


  • Theresa

    +1 star for the concept+1 star for the effort-1 star for the disjointed execution-1 star for the dialogue-1 star for getting my hopes up


  • Ernest Hogan

    Surrealism. Science fiction. Bouncing through space and time. Amazing.


  • Gary Homewood

    Murakami meets Phillip K Dick meta sci-fi about the power of the written word, including 2 essay critiques that provide interesting context.


  • Sae-chan

    Enjoyable read, gives my mind a chance to run wild with imaginations.I don't really understand the style, which is extensively discussed in the foreword and afterword.


  • Keroro

    Nice book. It has very bright idea, and at the beginning it is fun to read. However, that book is about nothing and finale is very disappointing. Dobaded!


  • Sudha

    Creepy as hell, even as a work in translation.


  • Samuel Holcombe

    Impressive and erudite.


  • the gift

    another Philip K Dick book he did not write (in Japanese this time)


  • Caitlin

    Not quite what I expected, but a very good read (also a very quick read, despite the subject).


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