Pushkin Press Sixty-Nine by Ryū Murakami
It's summer of 1969, and Kensuke Yazaki is seventeen and interested in everything: the Rolling Stones, Rimbaud, the Velvet Underground, French New Wave, Jimi Hendrix, political protest and Janis Joplin, all of which is happening in a long way away. But Kensuke and his friends are going to bring 1969 to their provincial Japanese city, start a dissident movement, barricade their school, make a film, stage a festival. Not for the sake of art or politics, for a much better reason, for the only real reason. To impress girls.
Murakami's uncharacteristically sweet, semi-autobiographical account of an exciting time to be an exciting age, Sixty-Nine is funny and affectionate, brimful of passion, and as irrepressible as the brilliant brazen smartass Kensuke himself.
Format Paperback 192 pages | Publication date May 2013 Publisher PUSHKIN PRESS | Language English | ISBN13 9781908968463