Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd, 1977. First English Language Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo, 126 pages; VG/VG; spine silver with whit and blue lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$7.95'; interior clean; text block clean; shelved case 2. Ryū Murakami (村上 龍 Murakami Ryū, born February 19, 1952 in Sasebo, Nagasaki) is a Japanese novelist, short story writer, essayist and filmmaker. His novels explore human nature through themes of disillusion, drug use, surrealism, murder and war, set against the dark backdrop of Japan. His best known novels are Almost Transparent Blue, Coin Locker Babies and In the Miso Soup. Almost Transparent Blue features a portrait of narrator Ryū and his friends trapped in a cycle of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll during the 1970s. Murakami submitted the novel to the literary magazine Gunzo's debutant contest, in which it won the first prize. It also won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize the same year. the then 26-year-old Murakami made his directorial debut with a film adaptation of his novel Almost Transparent Blue, which he also scripted, in 1979 and Toho distributed the film in 1980. [wikipedia]. Dupont.
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