Ryu Murakami is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels and the winner of Japan's prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Audition. He lives in Japan. Ralph McCarthy's translations include Ryu Murakami's Audition, In the Miso Soup, Piercing, Sixty-Nine, and From The Fatherland, With Love.
"The prose...is elegiac and affecting, but it has the sharp, visceral feel of the butcher's knife or surgeon's scalpel...a highly compulsive, one-sitting read." -- Irvine Welsh - The Guardian