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Editorial Reviews


"Dreamlike and bewitchingly evocative." (A FLAWED MIND) "A unique, memorable story - indescribable, exhilarating." (FORCES OF GEEK) "A terrific book!" (BARE BONES) "Quirky, poignant, and utterly brilliant." (DRYING INK) "Hard-boiled and entertaining." (ZOUCH MAGAZINE) "A wildly enchanting journey down the rabbit hole." (ELIZABETH A. WHITEWorldwide)"

About the Author

Melbourne-born Andrez Bergen is an expatriate Australian author, journalist, DJ, photographer and musician, based in Tokyo, Japan, over the past eleven years.

Aside from specializing in Japanese culture, anime, movies, and electronic music’s various tangents, Bergen has written fiction for Another Sky Press, Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey and Snubnose Press, worked with anime director Mamoru Oshii, and did a book of prose in collaboration with Polish photographer Tomek Sikora. He published his debut novel, 'Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat', in 2011.

Bergen makes music and videos under aliases Little Nobody, Slam-Dunk Ninja, and Funk Gadget, and he ran indie/experimental record label IF? for fourteen years. One Hundred Years of Vicissitude is his second novel.

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  • File Size: 1231 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (October 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Andrez Bergen is an expat Australian writer, journalist, DJ, photographer, artist, and ad hoc saké connoisseur who's been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 15 years.

He published noir/sci-fi novel 'Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat' in 2011, surreal, Japanese culture-based fantasy 'One Hundred Years of Vicissitude' in 2012, comic book/noir/pulp homage 'Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?' in 2013, the coming-of-age noir/mystery 'Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth' (2014), and hardboiled/horror romp 'Small Change' in 2015.

In addition he has published two graphic novels -- 'Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat' (2014) and 'Bullet Gal' (2015), as writer/artist -- and three comic book series.

In 2013 Bergen also released 'The Condimental Op' (a collection of short stories, comics, and articles on music, movies and Japan), as well as co-editing 'The Tobacco-Stained Sky' anthology.

His next novel 'Black Sails, Disco Inferno' will be published in 2016.

Bergen has published short stories through Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Snubnose Press, All Due Respect, 8th Wonder Press, Big Pulp, Perfect Edge Books, IF? Commix, Under Belly Comics, Pulp Ink, Another Sky Press, Project-Nerd, Roundfire Fiction and Solarcide, and worked on translating and adapting the scripts for feature films by Mamoru Oshii, Kazuchika Kise and Naoyoshi Shiotani at Production I.G in Japan.

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This story of the afterlife is like nothing else that has come before it. Bergen has set the standard for an intriguing, beautiful and terrible place that leaves most of the big questions up to the reader while still being a compelling and satisfying read. The settings are cinematic and amazing--the most visual novel I have read in some time. In patiently building up the relationship between his two main characters he effortlessly drops in gems of Japanese history and culture, popular culture, and heavy doses of both high and low brow humor. By the end of the book the reader will have fallen in love with both characters, Japan, and Andrez Bergen himself.

This book is by far my favorite read of the year, I cannot recommend it enough. There is truly something for everyone, while remaining compelling, literary and important.
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When I first read Andrez Bergen's debut novel earlier this year I was quite excited as I found it to be a great read and I was even more stoked when I discovered that a second novel, One Hundred Years of Vicissitude would be coming out in October and I have been eagerly awaiting it's release since.
I certainly have not been disappointed, One Hundred Years is one of the more profound and moving books I have read in a very long time and combined with Mr Bergen's unique writing style this novel is really something special.
This novel could be viewed as a historical narrative, a love story or a journey through time and different cultures and is a stand alone novel despite the presence of characters from previous works (although reading his debut novel, Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat may help add some clarity or perspective to the storyline).
The two main characters that feature in this novel are well developed and the author uses his unique sense of humour and wit to draw the readers in but it is not in-your-face styled humour, rather a subtle insertion that perfectly adds to the power of the tale being told.
The same can be said of Andrez Bergen's influences, he introduces us to numerous movies, books, comics, music and actual historic events and rather than this be overbearing it adds another layer to a novel that is so much better for being multi-layered and faceted.
I haven't written many reviews of books I have read before and found it somewhat difficult to write this one, I actually noticed that some of the other people who also have reviewed this novel found themselves in a similar position.
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This book is unique. I think that's where I need to start, it's like nothing I have ever read before. I originally agreed to review this book per author request and I felt a little apprehensive about what would come because my knowledge of Japanese history is limited. However I found the book thrilling, exciting, tear jerking at moments and really bizarre! Bergen has a very unique style of writing and he adds a touch of humour into his work that I thoroughly appreciated. It was a rather dry, sarcastic tone which worked well with the tone of the book.

There is little to discern from the actual plot, but the story follows the footsteps of a man who meets a very strange Japanese woman, who crept into my heart along with him and I found myself flipping through the pages to find out where their journey would end. Ultimately this story has a sense of surrealism because it ventures into the realm beyond death and trips into `memories' that is rather confounding at time and you may at times struggle to keep up. However we seem to develop into a full cycle and end on a rather poignant note and I'm glad to say it wasn't the ending of pointlessness I almost expected from this type of book, but thoroughly rounded.

Bergen seems to enjoy discombobulating us by thrusting us into a new situation at every turn. The fact that he does this adds to the thrill of the story and is certainly enough to pique my interest.

The style of writing is unique, but it certainly adept and stretches my knowledge of vocabulary to its limits. To be truthful, I'd never heard of the word "vicissitude" before reading and the first thing I did was look through a dictionary before reading the book.
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Vicissitude - it's all about change, how your life can change, how your fortune can change. Change is a sloppy beast to hold onto, it slips through your fingers sometimes before you've even realised, you wake up at 3am one morning and you suddenly wonder about your life, how you got to this point.
OK, so maybe this is something you do more as you get on in years, before that, you're just too busy living to even notice change as it segues so invisibly from one scene to another.
I finished One Hundred Years of Vicissitude after midnight, didn't sleep much after that, my past flicking behind my eyelids like some old cine film, my mind trying to make sense of the choices I've made over the years, the changes that have occurred.
Would you, if you got the chance, like to revisit your life? Would you want to stand beside your younger self, invisible, and watch your key moments, your mistakes, your lost loves, your bereavements?
In One Hundred Years of Vicissitude, the life of Kohana, a Geisha, now dead, leads Wolram E. Deaps (killed at the end of Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat), through her long life. The pair make an odd couple with no obvious connection (that is discovered later), other than they are both dead whilst Deaps' confusion and irritation with the enigmatic Kohana, trailing after her as they flash from location to location, decade to decade, mirrored my increasing impatience to discover where Kohana was leading him to and for what reason.
The exquisite writing and structure produced by Bergen is alone an excellent reason to read this book but the developing relationship between the two main characters is incredibly touching and devastating in its beauty by the end. And it is only then that Wolram discovers the truth as he reaches the very end of the path with Kohana.
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