Hell Fifty seven year old Takeshi has just been involved in a traffic accident When he wakes up he is in a strange bar and is no longer crippled as he has been for most of his life but able to walk witho

  • Title: Hell
  • Author: Yasutaka Tsutsui
  • ISBN: 9781846880377
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fifty seven year old Takeshi has just been involved in a traffic accident When he wakes up, he is in a strange bar and is no longer crippled as he has been for most of his life, but able to walk without crutches in his everyday business suit Looking around, he sees a number of familiar faces Izumi, a colleague who had died in a plane crash five years before his childhooFifty seven year old Takeshi has just been involved in a traffic accident When he wakes up, he is in a strange bar and is no longer crippled as he has been for most of his life, but able to walk without crutches in his everyday business suit Looking around, he sees a number of familiar faces Izumi, a colleague who had died in a plane crash five years before his childhood friend Yuzo, who had become a yakuza and had been killed by a rival gang member and Sasaki, who had frozen to death as a homeless vagrant This is Hell a place where three days last as long as 10 years on earth, and people are able to see events in both the future and the past Yuzo can now see the yakuza that killed him as he harasses a friend of his The actress Mayumi and the writer Torigai are chased by the paparazzi into an elevator that drops to floor 666 beneath ground level The vivid depiction of afterlife portrayed in Hell admits the traditional horrors, but subjects them to Tsutsui s unique powers of enchantment witty, amusing, and praised for its poetic style and the wizard like light touch of the author s shifting focus.

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    About "Yasutaka Tsutsui"

    1. Yasutaka Tsutsui

      Yasutaka Tsutsui is a Japanese novelist, science fiction author, and actor Along with Shinichi Hoshi and Sakyo Komatsu, he is one of the most famous science fiction writers in Japan His Yumenokizaka bunkiten won the Tanizaki Prize in 1987 He has also won the 1981 Izumi Kyoka award, the 1989 Kawabata Yasunari award, and the 1992 Nihon SF Taisho Award In 1997, he was decorated as a Chevalier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.His work is known for its dark humour and satirical content He has often satirized Japanese taboos such as disabilities and the Tenno system, and has been victim to much criticism as a result From 1993 to 1996, he went on a writing strike to protest the excessive, self imposed restraint of Japanese publishers.One of his first novels, Toki o Kakeru Sh jo 1967 , has been adapted into numerous media including film, television and manga Another novel, Paprika 1993 , was adapted into an animated film by the director Satoshi Kon in 2006.Yasutaka Tsutsui es novelista, autor teatral, cr tico literario, actor y m sico Despu s de graduarse en la Universidad de Doshisha en arte y est tica, fund la revista de ciencia ficci n NULL Durante los a os setenta comenz a experimentar con diferentes formas literarias aunque logr un gran reconocimiento como autor de ciencia ficci n En el verano de 1993, Tsutsui anunci que dejaba de escribir como reacci n al linchamiento que hab a sufrido en la prensa por una protesta hecha por la Asociaci n de Epil pticos de Jap n debido a ciertas expresiones sobre la epilepsia que aparec an en uno de sus cuentos En protesta por la falta de libertad de expresi n se neg a publicar en su pa s, convirti ndose en el primer ciberescritor de Jap n al haber sido internet durante una larga temporada el nico medio de poder leer sus historias.Su prol fica obra ha obtenido numerosos e importantes galardones en 1981, el premio Izumi Kyoka por Kyojin Tachi Gente imaginaria en 1987, el premio Tanizaki por Yumenokizaka Bunkiten La intersecci n Yumenokizaka en 1989, el premio Kawabata por Yoppa dani eno Koka El descenso al Valle Yoppa y, en 1992, el premio de CF de Jap n por Asa no Gasuparu Gaspar de la Ma ana En 1997 fue nombrado por el Gobierno franc s Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

    677 thoughts on “Hell”

    1. "The false death of dreams. The real death of the afterlife. Hell and the world of the living. They're all connected."Yasutaka Tsutsui has taken an eraser and rubbed out that line that separates life and death; the two become intertwined flowing seamlessly through dreams and wakefulness. In death there is Hell. In life there is Hell. And after recently finishing Ubik this was one helluva book to start."You know what Hell is? It's just a place without God. The Japanese don't believe in God to beg [...]


    2. The yakuza were fun and the plane crash was a scream."'You know what Hell is? It's just a place without God. The Japanese don't believe in God to begin with, so what's the difference between this world and the world of living?'"



    3. There's not really much to tell about the plot of this book. Basically, there's none - you read about people who died and went to (Japanese version I guess) of Hell. You read about how they died and about people they left behind. It's not really possible to describe this any further so I'll just write what I liked about this book.The chaos. That sums it up pretty good. I generally like fragmentary prose, where you collect bits of information and it slowly starts to make sense towards the end of [...]


    4. "You know what Hell is? It's just a place without God. The Japanese don't believe in God to begin with, so what's the difference between this world and the world of the living?""I suppose you're right" said Takeshi, without giving the matter much thought. And so begins Yasutaka Tsutsui's surreal ride into the afterlife. The narrative is often disjointed giving a dream like atmosphere to the book and blurring the lines between the world of the living and "Hell" where our unfortunate characters fi [...]



    5. The humorous sadism that it had was a dark sight for sore eyes. Making one question the existence of God or how the function of hell really is.


    6. Hell is a pastiche of philosophy, social commentary, black humor, and general minutiae concerning Japanese lives and changing perspectives of Hell. Is it an experience? A tangible place? Tsutsui asks about two hundred rhetorical questions much like that, but many of them are unnecessary. They intend to intrigue but instead become filler -- text that is merely glanced over than studiously read. Similarly, there are too many underdeveloped characters for such a short novel; it's easy to simply for [...]


    7. Borrowed from Stanton library. This looks like a easy book to read from the author of PAPRIKA. ---Finished the book but didn't like it. The plot is minimal, the characters undeveloped and I could not see the point of the book. Characters are described briefly and the nature of their death then their new existence in Hell, except the difference between Reality and Hell is blurred. I just didn't get this book.From the back cover:Hell is a place where three days can last as long as ten years on ear [...]


    8. I have to say it's been a while since I read a book this quickly and with so much enthusiasm. I can't pinpoint what made me so fascinated but I just kept on turning a page after a page. Tsutsui paints a unique vision of hell, free from the usual gore. In the novel the line between the world we live in and hell is blurred. The more we get to know the numerous characters that appear in it, the more the two worlds merge together. It goes to such an extent that at the end of the book, one may feel t [...]


    9. Sudut pandang masyarakat Jepun kontemporari yang beranggapan tuhan dan syaitan sekadar rekaan minda manusia, maka tidak hairan ada sesetengah daripada mereka lebih cenderung mempertuhankan diri sendiri bila punya pangkat dan kuasa. Neraka pula bagi mereka sebuah ilusi besar-besaran, barangkali merupakan objek meta-reality janaan komputer yang dicipta oleh kapitalis dunia selepas kematian lalu mewajarkan bahawa neraka itu sebuah produk bawah sedar. Penghuni neraka juga digambarkan tidak punya seb [...]


    10. Ever since I discovered Yukio Mishima in my early 20s I've had a thing for modern Japanese literature, and I have a membership to the Japanese library in town that I visit as often as I can, where I usually pick up something I've never heard of before and give it a whirl. That's how I came across this book, and I lucked out. I suppose it's a little more psychedelic an disjointed than I like my books to be, but there was still enough cohesion in the various story lines that I was able to stay wit [...]


    11. "Hell" was not what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised.Tsutsui questioned on what we perceived to be Hell, commenting on various traditional beliefs of Hell. It definitely made me question about what I thought was Hell. I quite like like Tsutsui's style. It's different to what I'm used to reading. It almost has a dream-like quality assigned to it, as seen in "Paprika".Some of the scenes may be a bit too sexual for some readers, but it all contributes to the theme of 'what is keeping us fr [...]


    12. Hell is the first Yasutaka Tsutsui novel i have read. it was a short and light read and quite enjoyable. i like the whole theme about hell and how people can view hell differently and the fact that death is the removal of all human desires. It's quite thought provoking, but it doesn't bore you with lectures and rants about religion or heaven and hell. it also has a sort of magical realism to it, which I found surprising because I thought Yasutaka was a science fiction author, but I guess he writ [...]


    13. Este libro fue la primera novela larga que leí de Tsutsui, después de leer las colecciones de relatos editados en España: Estoy desnudo y Hombres salmonela en el planeta Porno. El libro es una novela, que basada en capítulos de narración fragmentada. Nos pinta un cuadro de un infierno (la vida de los protagonistas) y de un infierno en el sub-mundo (la vida en el infierno de los protagonistas). Deja claro que es una sátira del mundo en el que vivimos donde no se diferencian lo vivo y lo mue [...]


    14. Nightmarish. Dreams, afterlife and rality together. I felt lost there. Terrible scene of torturing handsome boy by young yakuza men from another gang, who masturbating by it - I felt sick by it (it caused me strong nauzea). And I don´t know if that boy survive this torturing or not! Yakuza men let him to live but it may be too late and there were ghost of dead persons, also he was dead (and in hell), too. Why must he so suffer? He was relative innocent (very young and poor) and he suffers in hi [...]


    15. I'm not sure what, if any, point there was to this novel. I'm guessing Tsutsui is making some kind of point about the meaninglessness of the lives of contemporary Japanese people, but the narrative is so disjointed and borderline annoying that I don't even really care to waste the brain space to figure out his intentions. Based on the back matter of the jacket, it looks like this was an experimental piece he did on commission for a company - it shows. Easily the worst book I've read this year. T [...]


    16. "تعرفوا إيه هو الجحيم؟ ده مجرد مكان مفيهوش ربنا. وما دام اليابانيين ما بيؤمنوش بربنا أصلاً، يبقى إيه الفرق بين الجحيم وبين عالم الأحياء؟"رواية مسلية إلى حد مش بطال، الإنتقال بين الأحداث والشخصيات سلس وحلو لكن مفيش حاجة بتحصل أوي، بنفضل مزنوقين طول الرواية فمين هما الشخصيات و [...]


    17. Byly tam skutečně velmi dobré pasáže. Navíc představa pekla, kterou nám autor předestírá, je hrozně zajímavá a svým způsobem znepokojivá. Proč tedy "jen" 3*? Částečně za to mohou snad až příliš přehnaná očekávání, částečně fakt, že jsem se dost ztrácela v tom nepřeberném množství japonských jmen, a v neposlední řadě to, že jsem se chvílemi zkrátka nudila. Protože i když hlavní myšlenka je opravdu skvělá, autor se chvílemi celkem opakuje. Po [...]


    18. The book is not boring but I can’t say that it is interesting. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either…and I managed to finish it, well maybe it’s because the book is only consist of 190 pages. Maybe it’s because Tsutsui’s Hell is a boring place but I like the way he creates characters that related to one another. Every character has their own personality and their story is quite fun to read…mostly their story on earth, but when they come to Hell, their story becomes a bit [...]


    19. Strange wee book. It follows the inter-weaving lives, and deaths, of a group of Japanese people as they pass from life, into Hell. This is not Hell as it is normally portrayed but a numbed, reflective, holding station where the ruminations of the characters on their life are played out. A quick read and worth looking up if you like the occasional, slightly skewed view of things that you get from some Japanese novels.


    20. The concept for this book was really interesting, but I found it quite confusing as it jumped around all over the place. Sometimes we were in one person's point of view but remembering something that someone else was doing. The characters were interesting even though the book gave a bleak look on human nature.


    21. Japanese surrealism about the afterlife. Very Japanese, meaning everything is implied rather than stated outright, morality is not clear-cut (for instance, no one knows why certain people end up in Hell, and it doesn't seem to be well correlated with their actual behavior), and the overall mood is melancholy and wistful. A little slight, but I liked it a lot. Grade: B+.


    22. This was a little disappointing. It's well written, and the concept is certainly very original, but the very large cast of characters, none of them particularly central, made it hard for me to identify/empathise with anyone, so it all felt a bit cerebral rather than in any way immersive. Even so, it's an interesting book, short and easy to read, and well worth a try.


    23. An interesting novella. A story that ponders the idea of what is hell like when the characters in the book are not followers of Christianity. There is a few scenes of torture, which were pretty disturbing, but mostly the story is pretty tame. I really like this guy, so will Haruki Murakami fans. Probably.


    24. Myšlenka, na které děj zakládá je zajímavá, ale způsob vyprávění je skutečně peklo.Vezměte posledních 100 stran Papriky, změňte základní zápletku a postavy, ale nechte styl. Tzn že většinu času nevím, kdo zrovna popisuje děj, jestli žije, spí, je mrtvý, nebo jestli mrtvý vstoupil do snu, a nebo jestli už mi totálně přeskočilo a mozek mi stránky převádí do něčeho jiného, než co je na papíře.


    25. This is the first book of japanese writer that deals with the spirituality side of human being. Not the cutting edge writing style of Tsutsui-san, only some parts are quite entertaining in that sense. The usual dose of cynicism toward women, as expected from him. As a whole, a nice read.


    26. 2* - it was okayI read for pleasure and pleasure is what I expect to receive from reading. I don't expect being confused, grossed out, annoyed or bored. Yes the book is written well, but personally, I have no need to read things like this.


    27. An interesting, though short, novel whose concepts are innovative but whose plot is lacking. At times one feels as unemotional as the characters, but one feels that that may not have been the intended effect.


    28. It's always surprising to enjoy a book with no plot, but I just did it again. This is an interesting variation on the Hell-is-other-people idea. It's more of a hell-is-what-you-make-of-it. I suppose, I don't know. The book is very surreal. The book-is-what-you-make-of-it.


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