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Almost Transparent Blue won Japan’s most coveted literary prize and sold over a million copies and his most recent psychosexual thriller In the Miso Soup gave readers a further taste of his incredibly agile imagination In Piercing Murakami in his own uniue The intersection of two very disturbed individuals exorcizes the reader's curiosity of how far a dangerous situation will go Damaging childhood experiences and the resulting psychoses that drive each character's actions twist this novel upside down and through a warped looking glass This was my first novel by Ryu Murakami and I look forward to my next foray into his dark recesses

characters ピアッシング Piasshingu

ピアッシング Piasshingu

Style explores themes of child abuse and what happens to the voiceless among us weaving a disturbing spare tale of two people who find each other and then are forced into hurting each other deeply because of the haunting specter of their own abuse as children so this book made me feel physically unwell I think it was an excellent well written book masterfully translated but it was extremely painful and unpleasant to read the two main characters have a lot of residual damage from childhood traumas that they never dealt with it's a very visceral intense and dark story murakami's descriptions of violence and abuse are graphic and minutely detailed but not without compassion the characters are fully realized and I think the characters' relentless battering of themselves and each other was so overwhelming that their disturbed thoughts became compelling and in a way understandable compulsive self mutilation for example or how masayuki learned to isolate himself from pain and fear kindness there were also some important points about how precarious your life is when you're part of a marginalized group like immigrants or sex workers seriously doubt I would ever even entertain the idea of reading this again and I don't know if I'll ever read anything else by ryu the other murakami but I think it's very powerful and worth reading if you can stomach it Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You're Meant to Have your life is when I Married a Billionaire (I Married a Billionaire you're part of a marginalized group like immigrants or sex workers seriously doubt I would ever even entertain the idea of reading this again and I don't know if I'll ever read anything else by ryu the other murakami but I think it's very powerful and worth reading if Abduction you can stomach it

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A pulsating psycho thriller from Ryu Murakami author of In the Miso SoupA renaissance man for the postmodern age Ryu Murakami a musician filmmaker Tokyo Decadence TV personality and award winning author has gained a cult following in the West His first novel Seriously perturbed about a rash of late night impulses to murder his newborn child with an ice pick Tokyo businessman Kawashima Masayuki decides that the only sensible thing to do is to murder a random prostitute instead But even with all his careful preparations which Kawashima painstakingly scribbles into a notebook the last thing that our everyman hero expects is that his intended victim is just as deranged and volatile a freak as himselfSanada Chiaki is a SM call girl in her early twenties who has been suffering a sexual dry spell after a strand of unsatisfying boyfriends When not lobotomizing herself on pharmaceuticals Chiaki passes the time transferring the all consuming inner turmoil of her deeply troubled past into acts of self mutilation and occasional bodily harm to others Piercing is a pithy and nasty novel with the structure and pacing of a shock thriller until the narrative derails completely into a twisted romance of sorts between two psychotic toxic personalities After a deceivingly cursory set up the book shifts gears and the last hundred pages which in a single chapter relates Kawashima and Chiaki's eventful night together moves at some serious fucked up velocity And while bleak and certainly not for the weak of stomach there is a mean spirited streak of subtle gallows humor that penetrates the often erroneous interior dialogues of the novel's two leads giving the novel dramatic heft as a disturbing satirical peep show into the psychogeography of the give and take and take and take that we call relationships


9 thoughts on “ピアッシング Piasshingu

  1. says:

    I could never be a nurse or a doctor or a paramedic Thank GOD for those people because they were born with a strength that I lack The sight of blood gore bone vomit and any number of other bodily excretions well they make me lightheaded wobbly kneed Don't get me started on the thought of parasites Worms they will be the death of me Same with black flies grown up maggots In short I'm a wimpI'm not wimpish when it comes to my literature though I love ruthless books books that go places sometimes deep and dark sometimes extreme They aren't frigid these books They don't employ restraint or propriety They often disturb chill shock They make my heart seize up a little and I breathe YES on the shaky exhaleBut this bookIt made me feel physically ill It reminded me of the wimp I am when I'm in a hospital Of how when I see blood the edges become black as my consciousness threatens to slip away The violence in this book forced me regularly to turn from the pages for a reprieve But then I returnedI have to laugh at myself What did I expect anyway? The book's back cover explains that the main character has a visceral desire to stab his sleeping infant with an ice pick Thankfully he doesn't do it but his way of avoiding it puts him in a completely different situation A situation with an SM prostitute who is every bit as psychologically scarred as he is and who desires to receive and inflict pain as much as he does It is terrifying to see the extreme effects of their childhood trauma It scared the shit out of meTheirs is a psychotic understanding hopefully far too extreme for most readers to easily comprehend but it does show how our damage can't help but leak out in harmful ways Perhaps our ways don't result in a trip to the ER but they can wreak havoc all the same Achilles' tendons A Swiss Army knife A can opener An ice pick An eye in its crimson worldGod we're a fucked up people


  2. says:

    Seriously perturbed about a rash of late night impulses to murder his newborn child with an ice pick Tokyo businessman Kawashima Masayuki decides that the only sensible thing to do is to murder a random prostitute instead But even with all his careful preparations which Kawashima painstakingly scribbles into a notebook the last thing that our everyman hero expects is that his intended victim is just as deranged and volatile a freak as himselfSanada Chiaki is a SM call girl in her early twenties who has been suffering a sexual dry spell after a strand of unsatisfying boyfriends When not lobotomizing herself on pharmaceuticals Chiaki passes the time transferring the all consuming inner turmoil of her deeply troubled past into acts of self mutilation and occasional bodily harm to others Piercing is a pithy and nasty novel with the structure and pacing of a shock thriller until the narrative derails completely into a twisted romance of sorts between two psychotic toxic personalities After a deceivingly cursory set up the book shifts gears and the last hundred pages which in a single chapter relates Kawashima and Chiaki's eventful night together moves at some serious fucked up velocity And while bleak and certainly not for the weak of stomach there is a mean spirited streak of subtle gallows humor that penetrates the often erroneous interior dialogues of the novel's two leads giving the novel dramatic heft as a disturbing satirical peep show into the psychogeography of the give and take and take and take that we call relationships


  3. says:

    Ryu Murakami is an expert on the high art of Japanese pulp what's not to love? In this twisted thriller two psychologically damaged characters are caught in a double standoff They are fighting each other and they are fighting the urge to self destruct And you could even make the case that the young father and the SM sex worker aren't the only ones in the room as they both suffer from out of body experiences caused by trauma and are haunted by their former tormentors this novel has multiple layers one creepier than the other Short intro to the story Kawashima Masayuki is afraid he might hurt his own baby Still terrorized by the abuse he endured from his mentally ill mother he fights the impulse to stab his Infant with an ice pick and he decides that in order to prevent this he should stab a sex worker instead But he didn't anticipate what this particular sex worker has in store for himThis book is wild scary and thrilling a typical Ryu Murakami and while I also love Haruki I bet an unassuming reader who picks up this novel because he happened to confuse the two will be scarred for life I'm on my way to become a Ryu completist and I already have two of his books on my bedside table From the Fatherland with Love and Popular Hits of the Showa Era


  4. says:

    Pain is collaborative It has to be both inflicted and acknowledged or it doesn't count Ryu Murakami the aging enfant terrible of Japan is interested in both His work is marked by graphic sex and shocking violence For some reason I saw the movie adaptation of his Audition and I'm all set with piano wire now Piano wire it's not just for whatever it's supposed to be forThe thing with relationships is that they constitute an agreement to inflict your damage on each other right? I am fucked up and you're going to catch it and you are fucked up and I'm going to catch it And with any luck you find someone who wants that kind of damage Some people want to be controlled some people want to control Some people want to have big screaming fights some people want passive aggression in their lives Romance is just matching damage That's all we're talking about here in Piercing I mean my personal damage is like I make too many lists? And these people are both dangerously insane so the scale is different But still basically same thing I have this pain to give I'd like it accepted Acknowledged This is an icky thing to say It's a pitch dark view of relationships But there is a little bit of truth to it isn't there? I thought about my marriage It's perfect and my wife is my best friend and I love her all the way But there'sthere's not none of this friend There's a little damage Ryu Murakami looking enfant terrible yOne of the things you can do with fiction is take a human truth and blow it up to super dramatic size It's what Bret Easton Ellis was up to in American Psycho and it's what Ryu Murakami is up to here just as effectively When writers go all the way into the dark like Murakami does they can force you to confront aspects of your own humanity that you'd maybe not always prefer to acknowledge I think there's value in thatAnyway the very first image in Piercing is of a peacefully sleeping child with his father standing over her crib in the night holding an ice pick up to her cheek He's wondering what he can do to keep himself from stabbing her He decides to murder a hooker instead as one does The hooker and he form a certain sort of relationship Damage ensues I accept it


  5. says:

    The intersection of two very disturbed individuals exorcizes the reader's curiosity of how far a dangerous situation will go Damaging childhood experiences and the resulting psychoses that drive each character's actions twist this novel upside down and through a warped looking glass This was my first novel by Ryu Murakami and I look forward to my next foray into his dark recesses


  6. says:

    This review and stranger things on Blood Red VelvetSome books are unrelenting rays of sunshine filling you with joy optimism and hope for the future and then there is Piercing a two hundred page miasma of darkness and human miseryIt's not so much a horror story per se with most of the true horror being in Kawashima and Chiaki's mistreatment as children and how it continues to warp and destroy their lives as adults Kawashima's homicidal fantasies and Chiaki's self destructiveness collide into a corrosive mess after they meet by chance There are a lot of parallels to his earlier book Coin Locker Babies in that the characters have a lot of pent up rage and agony from childhood that never could be vented or gotten justice forRyu not Haruki do not confuse them Murakami's artistic writing style with its fractured pacing is like a bandage being torn off slowly and with a great deal of tension as if you're not sure whether it will reveal a gaping wound or a small cut Ultimately it is both Piercing paints a portrait of a wound which seems small on the surface but runs bone deepContains some content that could be disturbing or triggering namely depictions of abuse and self harm


  7. says:

    so this book made me feel physically unwell I think it was an excellent well written book masterfully translated but it was extremely painful and unpleasant to read the two main characters have a lot of residual damage from childhood traumas that they never dealt with it's a very visceral intense and dark story murakami's descriptions of violence and abuse are graphic and minutely detailed but not without compassion the characters are fully realized and I think the characters' relentless battering of themselves and each other was so overwhelming that their disturbed thoughts became compelling and in a way understandable compulsive self mutilation for example or how masayuki learned to isolate himself from pain and fear kindness there were also some important points about how precarious your life is when you're part of a marginalized group like immigrants or sex workers seriously doubt I would ever even entertain the idea of reading this again and I don't know if I'll ever read anything else by ryu the other murakami but I think it's very powerful and worth reading if you can stomach it


  8. says:

    Disturbing Brutal Fucked upThis is my second time reading a Japanese fiction written by someone who isn't Haru Kami and I loved it I love how bizarre and gruesome the plot is I love how sick the characters are This book is about a mental illed man obsessed with stabbing his own infant child and in order to not kill his own child he starts meticulously planning to kill a hired prostitute using an ice pick Its a really short book with only two main characters This book may not be suitable for everyone however if you like reading something different horrifying story of a murder then this is for you


  9. says:

    Although this was the first Murakami I've read I saw the film adaptation of his 'Audition' and my reading this was impelled by watching the trailer for the upcoming Anglicized movie version As expected it's a nasty little piece of work just the perfect antidote needed during the jollity of the holiday season It reads uickly and although the psychological 'explanations' for the psychoses of the two leads gets a bit heavy handed at times it comes to a nicely 'piercing' conclusion


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