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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno Yasutaka Tsutsui
Pub date 1st January 1979
Original publisher Shinchosa Co Ltd (Japan)
International publishers Zikit (Israel), Eksmo (Russia), Ediciones Atalanta (Spain)
Publisher (UK) Alma Books
Publisher (US) Pantheon Books
An irresistible mix of imagination, satire, and humour, these stories by acclaimed Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui imagine the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide.
 
The opening story, “The Dabba Dabba Tree,” details the hilarious side effects of a small conical tree that, when placed at the foot of one’s bed, creates erotic dreams. In “Commuter Army,” a sly commentary on the ludicrousness of war, a weapons supplier becomes an unwilling conscript in a war zone. “The World is Tilting” imagines a floating city that slowly begins to sink on one side, causing its citizens to reorient their daily lives to preserve a semblance of normality. And in the title story, we see how obscenely absurd the environment on Planet Porno appears to a group of scientists. The stories in Salmonella Men on Planet Porno winningly combine madcap hilarity and a sharp eye toward the insanities of contemporary life.
 
 

 

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