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Yasutaka Tsutsui. Salmonella Men On Planet Porno.


Comparisons with Haruki Murakami may be inevitable, but Yasutaka Tsutsui's Salmonella Men on Planet Porno brings more to mind the dystopian landscapes of George Saunders or the hybrid fantasies of Kelly Link. And while Salmonella Men may be familiar territory for readers of recent speculative fiction from the likes of Link, the fact that the original Japanese edition appeared in 1979 suggests the striking prescience of this eclectic collection. Tsutsui mingles suburban and magic realism in "The Dabba Dabba Tree" about a type of cedar that causes people to have erotic dreams. "Rumours about Me"--about a self-described nobody whose every embarrassing move is followed and broadcast by a secretive, aggressive media--could have been inspired by the latest spate of reality television: "I'd become a nobody who was known by everybody." The absurdist deadpan of "Commuter Army" follows the narrator's recruitment as a commuting soldier in a foreign war being fought a train ride away: "if anything, being out of a job scared me even more than going to war." Tsutsui is a shrewd satirist whose targets, at times, are toppled with a bit too much force, as in "Hello, Hello, Hello!" and "The World Is Tilting," two fables of bureaucracy gone mad. More potent are those stories where the author eschews genre pyrotechnics and reveals the strangeness and horror of the ordinary, as in "The Very Edge of Happiness," which begins with the domestic realism of family life but concludes in surreal atrocity. Tsutsui reminds us of the fragile line separating the fantastic from the real, a line famously blurred in "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, who imagined the human in the insect while revealing the insect in the human.--PEDRO PONCE

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Home Pets Exotic AnimalsSo You Think You Know About Raccoons? By Sharon Cacho

Did you know: The raccoons name is actually spelled two different ways: racoon and raccoon. It seems that it depends on which side of the pond (A .... Also, they are illegal in many areas as pets so before considering this option, check with the game wardens or pet control department in your area.

6 Guinea Pig Care Mistakes By Arthur Stryker

When dealing with guinea pigs, many mistakes are made by a simple action: visiting a pet shop. People imply by default that every and any product offered .... bonus feature: they are choking hazard. Learning guinea pig food preferences is one of the most important prerequisites for having a guinea pig for a pet.

How to Care for a Pet Tarantula By Jm Daniels

Are you considering getting a tarantula? If so, you may want to read through this article to get a basic idea of the kind of care required to sustain .... water in a shallow jar lid or bowl. The water source should be no more than an inch deep for an adult spider, and even more shallow for a younger one.

The Truth about Exotic Moths By Auralee Thompson

It's a natural sight to view, a butterfly playing on top of fields of flowers and weeds, but explore closer that delightful creature may not be a .... brilliant and beautiful as their relative: the butterfly. So the next time you see a butterfly fluttering by, take a second look, it just might be a moth.

Barrel Racing Horses By Doug Bailey

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned barrel racer, your success in competition will greatly depend on you choice of Barrel Horse. Barrel Racing Horses .... but hopefully the information I have offered will help you in the selection of a quality Barrel Racing Horse that suits your wants, needs, and goals.

Dog Blog- Learning Some Few Basics By Charlie Mcmahon

You certainly have to read a dog blog if you have a dog. This will open your mind into a lot of things that can improve the well-being of your beloved .... new things doesnt have to be so difficult, because you can now read a dog blog in order to find out things that can improve the behavior of your dog.

The Different Types Of Parrots By Margaret Scrooby

Within this article, we'll concentrate on the distinctive types associated with the African Grey Parrot. The initial African Grey Parrot would be the .... You are able to purchase a smaller cage at the start when the parrot is a baby never the less you will need to switch it more rapidly than you think.

Owning a Pet Sugar Glider By Derrick Anderson

Choosing a pet is not a simple decision. It is very important to carefully consider what kind of pet will suit your lifestyle well and whether it will .... sociable creatures, so if you can provide the attention and care they require, sugar gliders make sweet pets that are sure to glide into your affections.

3 crazy dangerous south american animals By Jason Thompson

Piranha Despite the fact that only a small number of of the numerous or so kinds of piranha are considered to be unsafe to humans, the red-bellied piranha .... from predators, quite a few unsafe frogs will plainly walk right out on the woodland ground. Its very nearly as if they are daring someone to touch them.

Monkeys in Space By Michael Fadden

In the early years of space race between USA and Soviet Union, many scientists theorized that human body could not survive long periods in the harsh space .... Bion 10 with Krosh and Ivasha, and finalyBion 11 withLapik and Multik. Of all those monkeys, only Multik died during the scheduled post-landing operation.

A Complete Introduction to Hamsters By Derrick Anderson

These rodents are found in a wide range of habitats, from northern Europe in a broad band across much of Asia, apart from the southeastern corner. Twenty .... opportunity for the hamster to store food. Hoarding behavior is quite natural, with food being taken back in the cheek pouches and stored in the nest.

Positive reinforcement training with your pet fish By Lola Smith

Positive reinforcement is a way to encourage a particular type of behavior by giving a reward. The principles of positive reinforcement are used in all .... can get the hang of it fairly quickly. It will amaze you how fast your pet fish starts responding to various positive reinforcement training techniques.

The Reasons Dogs Go to the Bathroom After They Come Inside By Gabriele Clayton

If you are like me, you surely feel frustrating when you big titted mifl witness that your dog goes outside, does his business, and then he quickly goes into the bathroom .... processes can be covered in just one article. However, we hope that you this article gives you some insights when it comes to having a well potty trained dog.

What is Characteristics of The Best Sugar Gliders By Truman Mittan

These days, the best puppy that a family ought to get hold of is often a sugar glider. This pet is among the cutest and cuddliest puppy that everybody .... glands is usually observed on their head that appears like a diamond stain although to the females, the scent glands is often located near their pouch.

Advice On Australian Shepherds By Sherice Young

Especially brilliant and trained effortlessly, Australian Shepherds remain most known as the best herding k-9s inside the canine varieties. Because of .... hounds are great as family pets, despite the fact that not should you do not have a satisfactory quantity of time and vitality to be able to invest in it.

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