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19 May 1988
Scandal 
by Shusaku Endo, translated by Van Gessel.
Peter Owen, 237 pp., £11.95, April 1988, 0 7206 0682 9
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Hell Screen, Cogwheels, A Fool’s Life 
by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
Eridanos, 145 pp., £13.95, March 1988, 0 941419 02 9
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Singular Rebellion 
by Saiichi Maruya, translated by Dennis Keene.
Deutsch, 412 pp., £12.95, March 1988, 0 233 98202 7
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... While the good Suguro goes about his honest business, cherishes his ailing wife, is kind to servants, meticulously plans his immaculately moral tales, his delinquent self rampages in debauchery and sadism and never cares who sees him at it. The plausibility of this impossibility is a little frayed at the edges, but it is a good enough cloak for a spiritual ...

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3 June 1982
The Samurai 
by Shusaku Endo, translated by Van C. Gessel.
Peter Owen, 272 pp., £8.95, May 1982, 0 7206 0559 8
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The Obedient Wife 
by Julia O’Faolain.
Allen Lane, 230 pp., £7.50, May 1982, 9780713914672
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Pinball 
by Jerzy Kosinski.
Joseph, 287 pp., £7.95, May 1982, 0 7181 2133 3
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Brother of the More Famous Jack 
by Barbara Trapido.
Gollancz, 218 pp., £6.95, May 1982, 0 575 03112 3
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... despite two final paragraphs evidently written when the author woke up to its utter irrelevance. The novel concerns a once-famous composer, Domostroy; a legendary rock star known as God-dard, who has broken all records for album sales but is actually A Great Artist none the less; two girls, one black, one white, but both astoundingly beautiful and ...

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