Thursday, 29 November 2018

69 by Ryu Murakami

Stylish and evocative roman a clef

A landmark 'roman a clef' from Ryu Murakami set in 1969 at a provincial high school far from Tokyo's counter culture scene.

Alain Delon films and Simon and Garfunkel songs fill the void until the students launch their own ideological revolution.

Murakami's prose is stylish and evocative of a time in Japan where new optimism clashed with conflicting traditional values.   

69 by Ryu Murakami published by Pushkin Press, 192 pages

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