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At Tokyo’s Institute for Psychiatric Research, beautiful, 29-year-old psychiatrist Atsuko Chiba is effecting rapid cures of schizophrenia. Using devices developed by colleague Kosaku Tokita, a grotesquely obese and child-like genius, Atsuko enters patients’ dreams and participates in them, and she and Tokita have been short-listed for the Nobel Prize. But for reasons of professional jealousy, hubris, and twisted sexual desire, a doctor and a top administrator at the institute steal the devices and begin to “infect” staff members with schizophrenia. Only Atsuko can oppose them, and she must do that in both the real world and the nightmarish dreams of the victims. Tsutsui is one of Japan’s leading science-fiction authors, and Paprika, published in Japan in 1993, was also made into an animated film. Some U.S. readers may have difficulty accepting some of the book’s premises; for instance, that schizophrenia could be sent into “remission” in a day or two. Others might question the nature of relationships between men and women that Paprika posits. But those who suspend disbelief will be entertained and likely made deeply curious about Japanese culture and society. --Thomas Gaughan
“Yasutaka Tsutsui is the doyen of avant-garde Japanese writers. His work is by turns innovative, thought-provoking and – not least – extremely entertaining.”
—The Independent (UK)
This book is wonderful and intriguing. I am looking forward to reading other titles by this authorPublished 2 months ago by C. Freitas
When I opened the package the book was damaged on the bottom left corner with a couple of pages too. It was also a good chunk to.Published 4 months ago by Isaac
Some of the translation is off. Still an intriguing tale that was worth the effort to explore. Different from the movie, but that's not unexpected. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark Puterbaugh
I really enjoyed this book. After seeing the movie based on it I had to read it. However it is like most books adapted to film, different. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C.Pappas
Yasutaka Tsutsui’s “Paprika” (Vintage, $18, 342 pages) was actually written in 1993, but is the first novel by the popular and controversial Japanese science fiction legend to be... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Clay Kallam
Tsutsui begins with a fabulous and daring idea: two brilliant doctors have invented technology that collects and records patients’ dreams in a massive step forward in the world of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jillian Igarashi
Paprika is a wonderful novel! and install the kindle app is ones of my best decisions! Five stars for Amazon!Published 23 months ago by Max Daichi
This is a scientifically imaginative and somewhat erotic journey. If people can manufacture dreams to the point of driving people crazy or with schizophrenia and enter other... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by reviewer