Piercing by Ryu MurakamiPiercing by Ryu Murakami


byRyu Murakami

Paperback | March 27, 2007

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*One of Literary Hub's "Ten Works of Literary Horror You Should Read (Even if You Don't Think You Like Horror)"*

A pulsating psycho-thriller from Ryu Murakami, author of In the Miso Soup

A renaissance man for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami—a musician, filmmaker (Tokyo Decadence), TV personality, and award-winning author—has gained a cult following in the West. His first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, won Japan’s most coveted literary prize and sold over a million copies, and his most recent psychosexual thriller, In the Miso Soup, gave readers a further taste of his incredibly agile imagination. In Piercing, Murakami, in his own unique style, explores themes of child abuse and what happens to the voiceless among us, weaving a disturbing, spare tale of two people who find each other and then are forced into hurting each other deeply because of the haunting specter of their own abuse as children.

Ryu Murakami, musician, filmmaker, TV talk show host, and novelist, is the author of Almost Transparent Blue, 69, and Coin Locker Babies, which the Washington Post praised as "a knockout . . . a great big pulsating parable."
Title:PiercingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.2 × 5.1 × 0.53 inPublished:March 27, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014303863X

ISBN - 13:9780143038634

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Murakami! Short (though it took me a ridiculously long time to read it. Too much sleeping on the train) and very effective novel from "the other' Murakami. An interesting premise of a man intent on killing someone meaningless to him to prevent him from killing someone he loves, goes in a very different direction than one would expect. An excellent read, and along with the quality of Coin Locker Babies, this is an author I will probably peruse everything he's done.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Psychos (not) in love Piercing is a harrowing thriller and a rather interesting look into troubled minds. Murakami once again shows his talents lie in tales of abnormal psychology and modern fears. This is a very short novel bordering on novella and took me ~2 hours to read. As is often the case with Murakami this is a rather quiet almost unnervingly peaceful book studded with scenes of incredible violence and cruelty, yet the violence is expected and contributes all the more to the halcion like sleepyness of the story. Expect Bloch's Psycho through zen philosophy.
Date published: 2015-10-01