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Punk Samurai Slash Down

Punk Samurai Slash Down

By Kou Machida, Translated by Wayne P. Lammers

Anthem Cosmopolis Writings

Glimpsing an elderly man leading his blind daughter on a pilgrimage, Junoshin, a freelance samurai, swiftly kills him with a sword and denounces him as part of a cult. Set in Edo-period Japan, ‘Punk Samurai Slash Down’ follows the power struggles which entangle Junoshin within the Kuroae clan, fraught with division and facing the spread of a dangerous cult.

EPUB, 270 Pages

ISBN:9781783081394

June 2014

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June 2014

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Glimpsing an elderly man leading his blind daughter on a pilgrimage, Junoshin Kakiri, a ‘ronin’ or freelance samurai, swiftly kills him with his sword. Asked why he murdered such an innocent, Junoshin shares his concerns about the growing ‘Harahuhi Tou’ (Belly-shaking Party) cult to which the man was devoted, a fear which rapidly spreads through the Kuroae clan.

Alarmed by the cult, Shuzen Oura, the warlike leader of half this kingdom, soon hires Junoshin to rescue the Kuroae from the Harahuhi Tou but his studious power rival, Tatewaki Naito, cunningly pays the mercenary samurai to usurp Oura on his behalf.

Set in Edo-period Japan, ‘Punk Samurai Slash Down’ follows the power struggles which entangle Junoshin within the Kuroae clan, polarizing the kingdom between an academic leader unable to fight and an unlearned martial arts expert. Machida’s novel adopts a unique and arresting style, combining an often unconcerned approach to violent action with slapstick humour.

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Kou Machida, punk singer, actor, poet and novelist, has had an extraordinarily wide-ranging career to date. His award-winning novels include ‘Kussun Daikoku’ (Kussun Daikoku, 1996), ‘Kiregire’ (Shreds, 2000) and Kokuhaku (Confession, 2005).

Wayne P. Lammers is an award-winning translator whose many major works include Junzo Shono’s ‘Still Life and Other Stories’ and Nayouki Li’s ‘The Shadow of a Blue Cat’. He holds a PhD in Japanese Language and Literature. 

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