No Longer Human

No Longer HumanNo Longer Human by Junji Ito
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ito applies his signature phantasmagoric horror style to adapting a realistic work, with some success. Most of the psychological trauma is literalised in a succession of disturbing visions that haunt the protagonist, although Ito does add more blood (and sex) than there is in the original as well. This is a grim story of addiction and self-destruction, the relentless misfortune occasionally getting a bit too much for me. I did enjoy the clever storytelling trick used as a framing device for the adaptation, however, where Osamu Dazai is inserted as a character in his own story as a way of paying tribute to the original work, and the life that inspired it.

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Equinox (The Tides of Lust)

The Tides of Lust (Modern Erotic Classics)The Tides of Lust by Samuel R. Delany
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A fantastically-written opening chapter devolves a bit as the book goes on. Pornography may be the last genre where you're allowed to leave scruples about consent, or racism, or sexism, at the door – and yet this is still pretty difficult to read. It feels like an indulgence rather than a treatise – and probably not to most people's tastes. Undeniable though that there are passages of striking imagery and description within.

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