One of the most popular books by Tutsui, a stellar name in Japan. He is as famous as Murakami there. The animated science-fiction romance film won numerous awards and got positive reviews. It's an absolute classic.
The winner of various awards, including the Izumi Kyoka Prize, the Kawabata Prize and the Yomiuri Literary Prize, Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the leading Japanese novelists and short-story writers. Many of his works have been adapted into plays, animes and movies.
The nice thing about Tsutsui is that history and modernity combine
effortlessly, as do drab reality and fantasy. -- Philip Hensher *
The Daily Telegraph *
Imagine a manic J.G. Ballard, but one with an even darker past to work out. -- Nicholas Lezard * The Guardian *