Paprika's Original Novel to Ship in U.K. in April (Update 2)

posted on by Egan Loo
Yasutaka Tsutsui's surreal story inspired Satoshi Kon's 2006 animated film

This April, the British publisher Alma Books will be printing an English version of Paprika, Yasutaka Tsutsui's surreal novel that inspired Satoshi Kon's animated film of the same name. Both versions of the story revolve around the Institute for Psychiatric Research's psychotherapist, Atsuko Chiba, and her unrestrained alter ego, "Paprika." Chiba uses an experimental device to enter people's dreams, and Paprika is her exotic persona during these journeys. However, complications arise when a newer device blurs different people's dreams together and brings the fragile walls between dreams and reality crashing down.

Alma's official website has posted the first seven chapters of the Paprika novel in a PDF file. Two of Tsutsui's other books have been translated in English before: the Salmonella Men on Planet Porno short story collection and the Hell novel. No American release plans have been announced for the Paprika novel.

Thank you to Raz Greenberg for the news tip.

Update: Kodansha also published Tsutsui's What the Maid Saw: Eight Psychic Tales in English in 1990. Thanks, Gilles Poitras.

Update: Kodansha published another of Tsutsui's earlier worsk, The African bomb and other stories, in English in 1986. Thanks, Brian Ruh.

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