Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories

Yasutaka Tsutsui Andrew Driver


Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories

  • Title: Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories
  • Author: Yasutaka Tsutsui Andrew Driver
  • ISBN: 9780307377265
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover



This collection of marvelously off kilter short stories the American debut of acclaimed Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui portrays the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide and throw the lives of ordinary men and women into disarray.In The Dabba Dabba Tree Tsutsui describes the hilarious side effects of a small conical tree that, when plaThis collection of marvelously off kilter short stories the American debut of acclaimed Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui portrays the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide and throw the lives of ordinary men and women into disarray.In The Dabba Dabba Tree Tsutsui describes the hilarious side effects of a small conical tree that, when placed at the foot of one s bed, creates erotic dreams that metamorphose into communal farce In Commuter Army a sly commentary on the ludicrousness of war a weapons supplier whose rifles cease functioning after just one shot becomes an unwilling conscript in a war zone The World is Tilting imagines a floating city that slowly begins to sink on one side, causing its citizens to reorient their daily lives to preserve a semblance of normality In Rumors About Me , an ordinary office worker finds himself the subject of intense media scrutiny, his every action documented in the tabloids And in the title story, we learn just how obscenely absurd the environment on Planet Porno can seem to a group of hapless research scientists.With a sharp eye towards the insanities of contemporary life, Yasutaka Tsutsui crafts in Salmonella Men on Planet Porno an irresistible mix of imagination, satiric fantasy, and truly madcap hilarity.Contents The Dabba Dabba Tree Rumours About Me Don t Laugh Farmer Airlines Bear s Wood Main Line The Very Edge of Happiness Commuter Army Hello, Hello, Hello The World is Tilting Bravo Herr Mozart The Last Smoker Bad for the Heart Salmonella Men on Planet Porno


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I got this beautiful looking book from the library. The received stamp is dated 2008 and five years later it looks immaculate. I'm not sure there's much demand for fantastical allegories of 70s Japanese society in Western Australia. However highly regarded the author is in his native country and however rare it is to find his work translated to English.I hate the idea of mentioning him but there really is similarity to Haruki Murakami in this collection of short stories from Tsutsui. It feels li [...]

Barely hearing of Mr. Yasutaka Tsutsui, I picked this book up in Tokyo for the plane ride back to Los Angeles - basically because it was a collection of short stories and it's easier for me to put down once in awhile - but alas I had a hard time leaving my hands off this book. A really remarkable read!In many ways his short stories remind me of Boris Vian's short fiction, and almost all of them are rather absurd. Yet the main character is always the everyman going through some frustrating extrao [...]

Well, this was weird. I really liked some of the stories in this collection—and I deeply loathed others. “The Very Edge of Happiness,” for example, is a brilliant and chilling piece of social commentary; “The World Is Tilting,” however, is one of the most misogynistic pieces of crap I’ve suffered through all year. What am I supposed to do with that?You know, I really hate that I’m even in the position to have to review half of what I read from the perspective of my angry ovaries; I [...]

(2,5/5)El primer relato, "El bonsái Dabadaba", me parece divertido y simpático, como un episodio gamberrete de "La dimensión desconocida". Un poco previsible, en realidad, pero bien sin ser nada del otro mundo."Rumores sobre mí" es un buen relato y una buena metáfora sobre los medios de comunicación, aunque la conclusión es un poco anticlimática."El límite de la felicidad" es el relato con menos sentido del humor y el más punzante. Es el más claramente alegórico y también el que me [...]

Occasionally gruesome and sometimes (though not as often as you might expect from the title) sexually graphic, this is not a book for kids. It is a beautiful package, though. As called out by BoingBoing, this book has one of the best covers of 2008, with photographic collages front and back designed by Jonathan Sainsbury.Translator Andrew Driver also deserves recognition for his deft work in general, and for particular choices which must have been difficult - Tsutsui's characters and locations a [...]

If you like stories that are slightly off-centre, quirky but coherent, interesting and humourous then you'll like this. This is how the first story begins:The Dabba Dabba TreeMy father came up from the country carrying a curiously shaped bonsai tree.“This here’s a Dabba Dabba Tree,” he announced, showing it to me and my wife. “It’s a special kind of cedar, see.”“My, what an odd-looking thing,” said my wife, examining it with a look of puzzlement.The tree was about eight inches ta [...]

Para mi la antología tiene un problema de forma (en algunos relatos): Me encanta la premisa y me falla el relato en sí. Eso no pasa en todos (el de los fumadores o el de la playa son maravillosos), pero sí que pasa en bastantes. A veces el autor se pierde, a veces no acaba de centrar bien el relato.Además y eso también se me ha hecho bastante cuesta arriba, la mayoría de relatos están cargados de una misoginia que no me gusta.

This is a very interesting collection of short stories -- and, after the leaden, unreadable novel Paprika, a welcome change. I had a feeling Tsutsui could write and would be enjoyable in a better translation. Ironically, the same translator worked on this one too. Perhaps the novel was just taxing. In any event, I enjoyed most of the work in this book very much, although I think some of the stories work better than others, often mixing surrealism, humor, and lacerating satire. My favorite by far [...]

When I started reading this book, I thought maybe it was not the book for me at this moment. But there are some pretty great highlights here, and there is more to the absurd, when you look at more things these stories speak about, like the absurd idea of war, corruption, consumerism , lack of freedom. There is one thing though, and I can't help mentioning it. What is up with the women in this book? The only niceOnes are the younger, sweet girls. While all other women are just interested in their [...]

Mis audífonos se descompusieron y debo admitir que eso ha ayudado a que retome la lectura de todos mis libros pendientes.Este, es una colección de cuentos, tan absurdos como perturbadores. Las historias siempre inician con un planteamiento que parece común, luego se torna bobo, hay un gran giro WTF y la intriga por ver cómo lo resuelven te mantiene en vilo hasta el desenlace, que casi siempre no se propone explicar nada, sólo mantener la farsa y llevarla al límite.Funciona, funciona muy bi [...]

Los relatos son originales y a priori interesantes, pero sólo se salvan algunos de la quema. El más largo y que da título al libro es un peñazo del copón.

I've often thought that if I placed my left foot forward first instead of my right or sneezed 3 times in a row and held in the 4th or hiccuped and coughed just right, reality would probably shift a little to the side revealing a parallel reality, a reality that would at first appear slightly screwed and skewed but then would feel just like any another humdrum reality. I often think of such silly things. I often get the hiccups.Tsutsui evidently hiccuped and coughed just right. This book of stori [...]

Un descubrimiento maravilloso: Yasutaka y su mundo, soy incapaz de elegir alguno de los seis relatos y convertirlo en mi favorito. Hay momentos en que creo que es uno y momentos en que creo que es otro, pero es porque me han gustado todos, por un motivo u otro.La extensión de las historias es variable, siendo el que da título al libro el más largo y más elaborado, con un contexto mucho mejor creado que los otros y esto se da quizá porque en el único que ocurre en un planeta diferente, con [...]

Original, cuanto menos, la escritura de Yasutaka Tsuitsui. Hay violencia, sexo, depravación… Nuestros más bajos instintos envueltos en un celofán de surrealismo en el que predomina el humor, un humor salvaje.Hay historias que no me han enganchado porque el autor tiende a divagar por discursos paralelos. Otros relatos me han despertado sensaciones contrapuestas difíciles de explicar. Está muy lejos de la escritura más convencional, para bien y mal. Sin límites.

I am afraid this book of short stories was not for me. To suggest he is akin to J G Ballard in anyway was highly flippant of Nicholas Lezard. Most of the stories I found to be dull and end up abruptly. Their subjects and focus were often hazy and confusing. His characters were all mad and not in an interesting way. I feel he doesn't like women very much for they often appear to be hysterical creatures with no grasp of logic. The only ones where I cracked a smile or curiously turned the page were [...]

This time of year, the weather in Tokyo, Japan is about ten degrees warmer than here in New York City. But for all its coolness and class—the art, the food, that sexy language—the cultural climate in Tokyo can be as kooky as anywhere in the Unites States if looking through the eyes of Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui’s collection Salmonella Men on Planet Porno. This surprising group of odd short stories is Tsutsui’s multi-angled example of a world in which our smallest, most taken for gr [...]

a collection of short stories. I not even sure how I ended up with this book. I can't remember if someone recommended this to me, or if I picked it up because the title was just so wild. What this book is, is a collection of short stories. I'm on the fence with this book.A few of the stories are funny and tongue-in-cheek, such as the Dabba Dabba Tree, a story about a conical bonsai tree which, if placed at the foot of the bed, gave the occupants erotic dreams somehow spliced with reality, or Rum [...]

This was a different and interesting book. As I said several times before, I am enjoying a lot reading book from Japanese writers, or about Japan, as they are so different from ourselves and our culture that sometimes it doesn’t even seem we live on the same planet. And that’s why I feel we cannot appreciate these short story on the same frame of values as our occidental culture, we have to be more open minded. We can immediately see that on an opening line of the first short story: Yes, we [...]

I saw this book in the new books seciton of the library and was intrigued. I am immediately drawn to make comparisons (and contrasts) with Haruki Murakami, though Tsutsui is not on Murakmai's level. The collection of stories arefun, and does make me exicted to read anything new by him. Appearently, he is a prolific author in Japan. Not much has been translated however. he also appreently dabbles in Manga. Neat.The translation is good, but I sense that the book would carry more resonance in Japan [...]

El papá de la Metaficción al fin en español."Hombres salmonela en el planeta porno" está conformada por 6 relatos excéntricos, bizarros e hilarantes.Tsutsui es la mejor prueba de que en el mundo literario la ficción y la realidad no se diferencian.- El bonsái Daba Daba (5/5): Original y erótico, Fucking hilarious!- Rumores sobre mi (5/5): Excelente metáfora sobre la banalidad de los medios de comunicación.- El límite de la felicidad (5/5): Seguramente el mejor relato del libro; desenm [...]

Stories range from 3* to 5* (cannot finish The World Is Tilting though).It's been a very long time since I last watched or read something that is truly "weird Japan", and moreover, all the weird stuff here makes perfect sense and has their purpose. Tsutsui's story-building is remarkably dramatic and sometimes the ending makes you go "eh that's it?", but surprisingly, it's not disappointing. Most stories are so vividly comical that I can see them in manga form, and despite being not grotesque and [...]

A gallery of fascinating obscenity and reality-bending tales that I am sure to reread. Kafkaesque in execution, there is much of the truly strange observable in the mundane, serving as obvious metaphors for humanity's borderline-insanity. While the narrators are all of a similar waylaid or powerless and cuckolded variety, the stories are surprisingly different in content with many strong and distinguishing moments. This was very unlike anything I've ever read, and explores themes of sexuality, c [...]

Dejémoslo una vez más en 3,5 pero ya sabéis que redondeo hacia arriba.Los relatos de este volumen me han gustado mucho, pero he tenido un problema muy grande con el último de ellos, que es precisamente el más largo y el que da nombre a la colección.El autor lo usa para poner sobre la mesa una serie de tesis y eso está fenomenal pero la historia me parece que no está a la altura. Se queda vacía, y da la sensación de que sólo se alarga para que Tsutsui tenga ocasión de exponer más y m [...]

Not very good. I tried to like it 2 years ago. Didn't work. I tried again, last year. Still nothing. Last night, was the final straw, after I read the short story, "Don't Laugh." Absurd just for the sake of being absurd. There's literally no substance--unless it is all ((whoosh)) completely going over my head? There just isn't enough time in this life to be reading everything, or something I don't want to read (anymore). I think I am going to try and sell my copy. Let me know if you are interest [...]

The title novella is the real attraction here--it was a funny, strange, inventive look at a planet where everything essentially survives by fucking everything else, with some in-depth looks at its genetics, ecosystems, evolution (which, of course, turns into a great meditation on obscenity and science as well). Other than that, I skipped through the stories, but all of the ones I read were just okay. Tsutsui has been called "the guru of Japanese metafiction", but all of them felt bland in compar [...]

so weird. terrific translation work! this is a really natural read, unlike some other japanese works in translation i've found. but seriously, the title story - probably my least favorite but almost certainly the most memorable of a bunch of quirky little "what if?" tales.

Lo leí completo hoy, de un tirón. Divertidísimo. Fantasía de aguas profundas.

Una colección de cuentos "Bien chida" que pasa por temas de ficción muy graciosos y algunos de crítica social, como los resultados de la discriminación extrema en "El último fumador" que a momentos me recordaba el ultranacionalismo reciente y el odio a los migrantes por parte de los gringos. O mi favorito personal "El mundo se inclina" en el cual se muestra una parodia muy caricaturezca del feminismo de tercera ola, aunque en realidad dicha caricatura a veces parece criticar a los críticos [...]

"Lo que en la Tierra llamamos coito es algo sórdido – razonó a continuación –, algo que tienes que hacer a escondidas de los fisgones. Se considera obsceno, sucio, a veces incluso un delito, y la policía te detiene y la sociedad lo desaprueba aunque simplemente lo describas con palabras o dibujos, y no digamos si lo haces en público. Pero aquí se hace a plena luz del día y en el exterior, abiertamente, es la cosa natural más bella que puede hacer una persona, y se realiza como si fue [...]

Este libro está repleto de short stories, cada una con una trama que parece ser un híbrido entre episodios de Rick & Morty y de Black Mirror. Hay unas bastante tontas. En particular, la de "Bravo, Herr Mozart!" se me hizo absurda y carente de cualquier valor literario. Sin embargo, la gran mayoría me dejaban super tenso, y me provocaban mucha ansiedad, inquietud o asco.Es una excelente lectura para aquellos que gustan de buen morbo.


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