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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 facesa€”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 Hella€”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 Tsutsuia€™s unique powers of enchantmenta€”witty, amusing, and praised for its poetic style and the wizard-like light touch of the authora€™s shifting focus.Toyata has returned?aquot; monzaburo: aquot;Then until the deed is done...aquot; narikomaya: aquot; We must keep what we spoke of today. . .aquot; monzaburo and narikomaya {in unison ): aquot;...a secret.aquot; {Pause.) monzaburo and narikomaya {in unison): aquot;Welcome home anbsp;...

Author:Yasutaka Tsutsui, Evan Emswiler
Publisher: - 2007


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