Literary Blog Hop Give-away: Yasutaka Tsutsui’s Masterpiece

There was an almost visceral reaction by many bloggers to my review of Paprika in 2011.  Like many Japanese novels, it is not the book for everyone. Yet, it just may appeal to you as an introduction to Japanese literature, or an addition to an ever expanding appreciation of it.
“Widely acknowledged as Yasutaka Tsutsui’s masterpiece, Paprika unites his surreal, quirky imagination with a mind-bending narrative about a psychiatric institute that has developed the technology to invade people’s dreams.
When prototype models of a dream-invading device go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, it transpires that someone is using them to drive people insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba has to journey into the world of fantasy to fight her mysterious opponents. As she delves ever deeper into the imagination, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred, and nightmares begin to leak into the everyday realm. The scene is set for a final showdown between the dream detective and her enemies, with the subconscious as their battleground, and the future of the waking world at stake.”
Take a look inside the novel here.

One of modern Japan’s most renowned writers, Yasutaka Tsutsui has won the Tanizaki Prize, the Kawabata Prize, and several other awards. He was decorated as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

If you would like to win this brand new Vintage Books edition simply leave a comment below by Wednesday, November 13. Thanks to Judith for sponsoring the Literary Blog Hop, and the participating blogs below which also are hosting literary give-aways. The winner of Paprika will be announced on Friday, November 15, and of course I will send it internationally.
Linky List:
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Ciska’s Book Chest
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. The Things You Can Read (US)
  5. Col Reads
  6. Guiltless Reading
  7. Love at First Book (US)
  8. Maurice On Books (US)
  9. Mythical Books
  10. Books by Judith
  11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
  12. River City Reading
  13. Too Fond
  14. Exurbanis
  15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Roof Beam Reader
  18. Books Speak Volumes
  19. The Relentless Reader (US)
  20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  21. Booklover Book Reviews
  22. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  23. Ephemeral Digest
  24. Julia Crane Author (US)
  25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
  1. Read Lately (US)
  2. Readerbuzz
  3. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  4. The Misfortune of Knowing
  5. Bibliophile By the Sea
  6. The Novel Life
  7. Kinx’s Book Nook US)
  8. Dolce Bellezza
  9. Nose in a book
  10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  11. Anita Loves Books (US)
  12. Words for Worms (US)
  13. Wensend
  14. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (N-America)

67 thoughts on “Literary Blog Hop Give-away: Yasutaka Tsutsui’s Masterpiece”

  1. Ooooh! I've never even heard of this but it sounds so far up my street it's practically knocking at the front door. His books don't seem to be that easy to get hold of over here either, which is a shame… Thanks – I love the chance to discover a new author!
    emp501 (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk


  2. I see you've changed your header. “For literary and translated fiction” gives a good indication of the movement of your blog over the past couple of years (or more).

    I don't need to be entered into the giveaway, but your synopsis/review made me think immediately of the film “Gaslight”. The parallels are so clear, even though in “Gaslight” nothing supernatural was involved – only the power of a determined and quite malicious human mind.


  3. I love all things Japan, and obviously, I love Japanese book writers! I would be extremely happy if I won this book that has been for some time in my wishlist xD

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win S2

    personaldeath {at] gmail [dot) com


  4. Thanks for hosting this! I loved the anime adaptation of this book, and I've been wanting to give the original novel a try. I love Japanese literature and am slowly introducing myself to new Japanese authors.

    Candiss (

    kandake (at) gmail (dot) com


  5. Wow, where have I been living as I've never heard of this author or book.
    Hope you week has been filled with wonderful surprises.

    annmirjem (at) Hotmail (dot) com


  6. I'm sorry to say I haven't heard of this before! To be fair, the only Japanese author I've read is Haruki Murakami, but I greatly enjoy his brand of weird. This book sounds like it would be both fascinating and just that little bit outside my comfort zone that makes a book a really intriguing read.


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