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Kawamata Chiaki

(1948- )
Kawamata Chiaki is well known in Japan as the author of science fiction novels. He’s also a critic and a manga artist. He has won both the Seiun Award and the Nihon SF Taisho Award.

Death Sentences: Award-winning Japanese science fiction

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Death Sentences by Kawamata Chiaki

How to describe the copy of Death Sentences, by Kawamata Chiaki (translated by Thomas Lamarre and Kazuko Y. Hehrens) I recently received? Take a heaping helping of Philip K. Dick, a dollop or two of Ray Bradbury, layer into a pan, then frost liberally with my undergrad survey course in artistic movements — particular the week or so on surrealism. Let sit for a few decades (it was originally published in Japan in 1984) — you can pass the time by watching the Japanese horror movie The Ring, which shares a similar plot device. When the timer dings, sit back and read. If you dare.

The “if you dare” is, of course, a reference to the Ring-like p... Read More