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Coin Locker Babies

(1996)
A novel by

 
 
A surreal coming-of-age tale that establishes Ryu Murakami as one of the most inventive young writers in the world today.

Abandoned at birth in adjacent train station lockers, two troubled boys spend their youth in an orphanage and with foster parents on a semi-deserted island before finally setting off for the city to find and destroy the women who first rejected them. Both are drawn to an area of freaks and hustlers called Toxitown. One becomes a bisexual rock singer, star of this exotic demimonde, while the other, a pole vaulter, seeks his revenge in the company of his girlfriend, Anemone, a model who has converted her condominium into a tropical swamp for her pet crocodile.

Together and apart, their journey from a hot metal box to a stunning, savage climax is a brutal funhouse ride through the eerie landscape of late-twentieth-century Japan.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Its power grabbed me by the heart." - Banana Yoshimoto


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Used availability for Ryu Murakami's Coin Locker Babies

Hardback Editions

June 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Towards a Beautiful Country: My Vision For Japan
Author(s): Shinzo Abe
ISBN: 1-932234-39-X / 978-1-932234-39-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vertical Inc.
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May 1995 : Hardback
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Title: Coin Locker Babies Hb
Author(s): Ryu Murakami
ISBN: 4770015909 / 978-4770015907
Publisher:
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coin Locker Babies (B-Format Paperback)
Author(s): Ryu Murakami
ISBN: 1-908968-47-8 / 978-1-908968-47-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pushkin Press
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July 2002 : Paperback
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Title: Coin Locker Babies
Author(s): Ryu Murakami
ISBN: 4770028962 / 978-4770028969
Publisher: Kodansha USA
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May 1998 : Paperback
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Title: Coin Locker Babies (Japan's Modern Writers S.)
Author(s): Ryu Murakami
ISBN: 4770023081 / 978-4770023087
Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Coin Locker Babies
Author(s): Ryu Murakami
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Availability: Amazon UK