Patient X

Patient X Beautiful, Gothic And Powerfully Mysterious ESQUIRE One Of The Most Original And Intriguing Books You Ll Read This Year MAIL ON SUNDAY His Best To Date DAVID MITCHELLRyunosuke Akutagawa Was One Of Japan S Great Writers Author Of The Stories Rashomon And In A Bamboo Grove , Most Famously Who Lived Through Japan S Turbulent Taisho Period OfTo , Including The DevastatingEarthquake, Only To Take His Own Life At The Age Of Just Thirty Five InThese Are The Stories Of Patient X In One Of Our Iron Castles He Will Tell His Tales To Anyone With The Ears And The Time To Listen Inspired And Informed By Akutagawa S Stories, Essays And Letters, David Peace Has Fashioned A Most Extraordinary Novel Of Tales An Intense, Passionate, Haunting Paean To One Writer, It Also Thrillingly Explores The Act And Obsession Of Writing Itself, And The Role Of The Artist, Both In Public And Private Life, In Times Which Darkly Mirror Our Own

David Peace was born in 1967 and grew up in Ossett, near Wakefield He left Manchester Polytechnic in 1991, and went to Istanbul to teach English In 1994 he took up a teaching post in Tokyo and now lives there with his family.His formative years were shadowed by the activities of the Yorkshire Ripper, and this had a profound influence on him which led to a strong interest in crime His quartet of

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  • Hardcover
  • 310 pages
  • Patient X
  • David Peace
  • English
  • 10 December 2019
  • 9780571336241

10 thoughts on “Patient X

  1. says:

    I think David Peace is one of the best writers out there Style and substance The Red Riding Quartet was phenomenal The Damned UTD is one of the best books I ve ever read Even Tokyo Year Zero and Occupied City two novels about Japan were much better than I anticipated and I really enjoyed them David Mitchell another Anglo author stationed in and writing about Japan states this recent work in one of Peace s best Unfortunately I ll have to respectfully disagree I m still trying to figure out what it was even about Supremely plotless Just sort of a mishmash of apparent autobiography Disjointed narrative Long stretches of inactivity A title that is esoteric and potentially unrelated to the content I found that even Peace s style didn t lend itself to this novel And since one star is the only GoodReads option for Didn t Like It I have to go with one star on this one Sorry Mitchell, but this is one of his worst.

  2. says:

    Review included in review round up video

  3. says:

    The most surprising thing about David Peace s latest is that it s almost easy to read Yes, it opens with the protagonist in Hell, before flashing back to him not wanting to be born, and proceeds to take in ghosts, monsters, madness, catastrophe, and harbingers of worse I don t know why I even bothered looking online to check whether the time at which a clock in Nagasaki always stops is a foreshadowing of the atom bomb this is David Peace, of course it is Oh, and suicide, obviously Lots of it, ritual and otherwise, and one framed by a shaggy dog story which even I was almost embarrassed to find as funny as I did But that harsh, percussive effect you expect from his prose, the way it feels like you re being slapped around the face That s gone I didn t read Red or Dead, because while I enjoyed The Damned Utd there are fucking limits, but apparently it was a sort of endpoint for that style Happily, then, Peace turns out to have other tricks up his sleeve, and can still haunt you even with a fluid manner.Our subject is Ry nosuke Akutagawa, father of the Japanese short story and most famously the writer of Rash mon , though if you don t know that coming in, Peace isn t going to hold your hand and have people helpfully exposit about it On the other hand, apparently if you do know Ry nosuke s work well, that has its own problems, as large chunks of this are pretty much paraphrase Given I had the basics but no intimate knowledge of the work, this may make me the ideal reader And the main impression I got was that this was a deeply autobiographical story the boy that books built, growing into the writer forever distracted by other responsibilities , always worried that he s neglecting his family or his art or both, forever terrified that he s lost the knack Hell, even the degree to which the Japanese writer is fascinated by the West, its culture, its crime and its cult, mirrors the way in which Peace has himself been transfixed by Japan It s been particularly interesting reading this while watching the wonderful Ancient Magus Bride, a Japanese cartoon set in Britain, and watching from both sides as these two tradition bound, ruthlessly modern, hidebound, kinky islands at either end of the world continue their awkward dance Indeed, the back cover flap faithfully promises that we ll see the finale to the Tokyo Trilogy next year, so you could even consider this novel, in progress for six years at least, to itself be one of those curious examples of a displacement activity with its own artistic validity I imagine there are probably hot takes floating around somewhere denouncing Patient X as cultural appropriation A concept which I find deeply problematic in general, but particularly when it treats another G7 economy with an imperialist past as somehow equivalent to the developing world simply because the inhabitants aren t white.

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    One of the two best novels of 2018, Patient X by David Peace is among the immortal classics of world literature, the books we ll still be reading in a thousand years David Peace delivers a magnificent reimagination of the life and authorial presence of Akutagawa , independent originator of Japanese Surrealism and his documentation of his struggle against madness Akutagawa attempted in his writing to heal himself using the method described by Shakespeare in Hamlet to restore balance through enacting madness Though in the end he lost this epic battle, his stories remain as a testament to the nobility of doomed resistance to unfathomable forces And like Hemingway s Old Man of the Sea, bearing back stories instead of the bones of an impossible fish, he will forever live in our imagination , unconquered Far than a tragic hero, Akutagawa revolutionized psychology as well as literature, creating his own version of the talking cure independently from Freud, out of extreme personal need, with survival at stake, and bequeathed it to the world in his books, a triumph won from suffering and horror, a transcendent act of compassion And Peace s work is the tribute he has long deserved, beautifully written and splendidly researched in entitling it Patient X, the origin case of modern man, he has recognized Akutagawa as the founder of our age and the creator of us all.

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    British writer David Peace is most well known for the Red Riding series about the Yorkshire murderer, and has followed it up with a series of novels based on postwar crimes in Tokyo These novels are notable for Peace s experimental style that is rhythmically similar to jazz with much repetition His latest book, Patient X The Case Book of Ryunosuke Akutagawa 2018 also has something of an experimental style, as a sort of literary biography of Japan s master modern short story writer Peace s approach to the Taisho era writer is that of an anthology approach not unlike the film 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould in that it is 12 short stories about Akutagawa These stories range from the ethereal, Hell Screens, which takes place from beyond the grave in hell as Akutagawa rails against the many tragedies that will take place in his lifetime such as the Great Kanto earthquake and other personal tragedies, to the conventional biographical sketch found in Bare Bones Some of the other standout sections include Jack the Ripper s Bedroom, which consists of Akutagawa s literary mentor Natsume Soseki recounting his gloomy days in London to his prodigy Several of these stories touch on his affinity to Christianity, Buddhism, and a fateful trip to Nagasaki that inspires these musings Another interesting trip to Manchuria before the war with China is the central action in After the War, Before the War These stories coalesce and give the reader a better understanding of the brief life and career of an influential writer who took his own life at the age of 35.

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    I am a big fan of David Peace s writing, and have been patiently waiting for the final part of his Tokyo trilogy for a few years now In the meantime this book, an hallucinatory biography of the famed Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa, feeds my Japanese hunger With 12 episodes relating to stories by or about Akutagawa the spinning, confusing, perspective changing tales give a sense of Japan and the man in his time His contemporary Japanese writers Tanazaki, Soseki and others also feature, and his inspirations such as Poe, Dostoyevsky and the bible are recurrent motifs This connects the duality in Akutagawa s life and thinking, with these authors who have written about dopplegangers, the clash between east and west, madness and sanity, even the two wee Scottie dogs on the bottle of Black and White Scotch whisky he drinks from Much of this presents a mirror on the modern world too A lovely book on many levels.

  7. says:

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review The book had a nice story, although it was difficult to read It had a lovely flow, but its mistake was set up like a standard novel, and less like a collection of poems Also, the copy I have received had duplicates of every chapter, which confused me a couple of times when reading it This book would be enjoyable if it was an audio book.

  8. says:

    One of the best books I read in a while The story of one of the most acclaimed authors in Japanese history set in a time when Japan is going to a major transition I have not read any of his other books and thus have no benchmark I was somewhat surprised that people gave him two stars as they did not find this his best work I guess I need to make a trip to the bookstore to find some of his other works.

  9. says:

    An interesting, fragmented read I saw the review by David Mitchell on the back If I had not, I still might have connected this novel and some of his writings, like Ghostwritten Some repeated themes include purgatory, meeting your double, and suicide I probably would have appreciated this if I have read Ry nosuke Akytagawa this novel does inspire me to read him.

  10. says:

    Ik had hem graag 4 sterren gegeven n van de meest po tische en Japanse boeken die ik laatst van dit land gelezen heb, maar het is me dus niet gelukt.

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