Spark (Paperback)
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Spark (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 05/03/2020
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Hilarious, strange and moving in equal measure - a Japanese multi-million-copy smash hit about the struggles of a pair of young manzai stand-up comedians Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself when he is taken under the wing of Kamiya, who is either a crazy genius or perhaps just crazy. Kamiya's indestructible confidence inspires Tokunaga, but it also makes him doubt the limits of his own talent, and dedication to Manzai comedy. Spark is a story about art and friendship, about countless bizarre drunken conversations and how far it's acceptable to go for a laugh. A novel about comedy that's as moving and thoughtful as it is funny, it's already been a sensation in Japan.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782275909
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A whip-smart tale that'll prove impossible to put down' Vogue

'Edgy... the familiar story of the apprentice surpassing his master' Sunday Times

'Excels as a comedy of the absurd... a Japanese Withnail and I... Immensely satisfying' Japan Society

'The seedy side of Tokyo is summoned up in tale about a comedy duo and the awkward bonds of men... Spark does the city credit' Financial Times

'Irresistible. A painfully sensitive rendering of the reality for young manzai comedians... The writing is wonderful' Akio Nakamori

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“An endearing friendship and some genuinely funny moments”

Manzai is a form of Japanese stand-up comedy involving two performers trading jokes at great speed. The author of this novel, Naoki Matayoshi, is himself half of a manzai duo.

Tokunaga is a young manzai comedian who... More

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“A cult novel set in TOKYO”

I have read quite a few novels set in Japan recently, all defined by their short length, with a quirky and culture specific take. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi... More

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