The Adventures Of Sumiyakist Q When Q arrives at the island to take up his position as instructor at H reformatory he finds things strange and puzzling One can do anything or nothing The instructors who are not expected to instru

  • Title: The Adventures Of Sumiyakist Q
  • Author: Yumiko Kurahashi Dennis Keene
  • ISBN: 9780702213281
  • Page: 484
  • Format: None
  • When Q arrives at the island to take up his position as instructor at H reformatory, he finds things strange and puzzling One can do anything or nothing The instructors, who are not expected to instruct, occupy themselves in various ways Q s room mate, the crab shaped theologian, preaches doom and destruction and indulges in a kind of self flagellation the literary manWhen Q arrives at the island to take up his position as instructor at H reformatory, he finds things strange and puzzling One can do anything or nothing The instructors, who are not expected to instruct, occupy themselves in various ways Q s room mate, the crab shaped theologian, preaches doom and destruction and indulges in a kind of self flagellation the literary man is writing an experimental novel which Q, who has never read a novel of any kind, finds shocking a former electrical engineer has invented a game of pure probability which the instructors are compelled to play daily and which Q has a dread of winning, for the prize is the rector s wife.And then, there is something unusual about what they eat As a secret member of the Sumiyakist Party, Q is on a mission to incite the inmates of the reformatory into revolution against their oppressors But who are the oppressors The overseer Though he has a lot to say, he has no authority The rector, so huge that his body seems ready to engulf the world He spends his time eating, wallowing in a vast bath, or being shaved all over by his unsmiling nurse Perhaps the one eyed Doktor, who performs an operation on all newcomers A revolution eventually takes place, but not as the Candide like Q has planned, nor is the outcome of it what his sumiyakist doctrine had led him to expect But then, nothing is quite what it seems in this unusual science fiction novel, in which conflicting philosophies and attitudes to life and death, freedom, equality, morality, literature, existence are held up against an eerie, dreamlike background Fantasy, political satire, burlesque the novel reflects a bizarre image of the human condition.

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    1. At an uncertain time, in a place that is nowhere, somebody who is no one, for no reason, is about to do something—and in the end does nothing; this is my ideal of the novel.—Kurahashi Yumiko, “Negativity and the Labyrinth of Fiction” (1966; tr. Dennis Keene)The intrepid sumiyakist Q has been dispatched to an island housing the H Reformatory on a secret mission to infiltrate its power structure and foment revolution among both the students and the ‘menials’, members of an underclass w [...]

    2. Kurahashi's only novel translated into English, (by Dennis Keene), is a dark sprawling satire written during the late 1960's, the time of student riots in Japan, H reformatory could be seen as a hypothetical version of the university under siege, the characters of the novel discuss at length the foibles of leftist thinking, God, Literary Theory, Cannabilism and many other subjects. Q, an undercover agent, arrives at H reformatory posing as an instructor although what exactly the job will include [...]

    3. Bought the Uni of QLD Press hardback years ago. Its a very odd novel but a very good read if you can get your hands on a copy.

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