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Birnbaum, Alfred

Overview
Works: 116 works in 319 publications in 3 languages and 7,504 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Science fiction  Short stories  Fantasy fiction  Experimental fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction  Paranormal fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PL856.U673, 895.635
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Alfred Birnbaum
Publications by Alfred Birnbaum
Most widely held works by Alfred Birnbaum
Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world : a novel by Haruki Murakami( Book )
12 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 1,357 libraries worldwide
Translated from the Japanese by: Alfred Birnbaum. Tranlation of: "Sekai no owari to hado-boirudo wandarando."
Underground by Haruki Murakami( Book )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 1,004 libraries worldwide
Covers the 1995 Tokyo Gas Attack, during which agents of a Japanese cult released a gas deadlier than cyanide into the subway system, as documented in interviews with its survivors, perpetrators, and victim family members. In March 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas twenty six times as deadly as cyanide. Attempting to discover why, Murakami conducted hundreds of interviews with the people involved, from the survivors to the perpetrators to the relatives of those who died. Underground is their story in their own voices. Concerned with the fundamental issues that led to the attack as well as these personal accounts, Underground is a document of what happened in Tokyo as well as a warning of what could happen anywhere. This is an enthralling and unique work of nonfiction that is timely, vital, and as brilliantly executed as Murakami's novels. From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound. It was a clear spring day, Monday, March 20, 1995, when five members of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo conducted chemical warfare on the Tokyo subway system using sarin, a poison gas twenty-six times as deadly as cyanide. The unthinkable had happened; a major urban transit system had become the target of a terrorist attack. Attempting to discover why, Murakami conducted hundreds of interviews with the people involved, from a subway authority employee with survivor guilt, to a fashion salesman with more venom for the media than for the perpetrators, to a young cult member who vehemently condemns the attack though he has not quit Aum. Through these and many other voices, Murakami exposes intriguing aspects of the Japanese psyche. And, as he discerns the fundamental issues leading to the attack, we achieve a clear vision of an event that could occur anytime, anywhere. Hauntingly compelling and inescapably important, Underground is a powerful work of journalistic literature from one of the world's most perceptive writers. Concerned with the fundamental issues that led to the attack as well as these personal accounts, Underground is a document of what happened in Tokyo as well as a warning of what could happen anywhere. This is an enthralling and unique work of nonfiction that is timely and vital and as wonderfully executed as Murakami's brilliant novels
All she was worth by Miyuki Miyabe( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 633 libraries worldwide
Tokyo's Inspector Shunsake Honma investigates the case of a woman who may have murdered another in order to take her identity. A tale of credit cards and debt and rampant consumerism in today's Japan
Monkey brain sushi : new tastes in Japanese fiction by Alfred Birnbaum( Book )
17 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and held by 545 libraries worldwide
A wild sheep chase by Haruki Murakami( Book )
17 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 519 libraries worldwide
A Japanese yuppie plunges into chaos after he discovers a snapshot depicting a unique crossbreed of sheep
Dance dance dance : a novel by Haruki Murakami( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 489 libraries worldwide
As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, the protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread in which he collides with call girls and recieves cryptic instructions from a shabby but oracular Sheep Man
Chinese painting by Torao Miyagawa( Book )
4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 420 libraries worldwide
The Navidad incident : the downfall of Matías Guili by Natsuki Ikezawa( Book )
8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 291 libraries worldwide
"In this sweeping magical-realist epic set in the fictional south sea island republic of Navidad, Ikezawa gives his imagination free rein to reinvent the myths of twentieth-century Japan. A delegation of Japanese war veterans pays an official visit to the ex-World War II colony, only to see the Japanese flag burst into flames. The following day, the tour bus, and its passengers, simply vanish. The locals exchange absurd rumors - the bus was last seen attending Catholic mass, the bus must have skipped across the lagoon - but the president suspects a covert gueriila organization is trying to undermine his connections withJapan. Can the real answers to the mystery be found, or will the president have to be content with the surreal answers?"--Jacket p. [2]
Smile as they bow : a novel by Nu Nu Yi( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 253 libraries worldwide
Censored for more than 12 years by the Burmese government, 'Smile as they Bow' is a mixture of Arundhati Roy and Ha Jin - an illuminating, beautiful and, above all, satisfying portrayal of a culture many have never witnessed
A burden of flowers by Natsuki Ikezawa( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 249 libraries worldwide
Based on a true story of the 1980s, the action centers on Asia-traveling Japanese artist "Tez" Nishijima and his Europhile sister Kaoru. When Tez is arrested in Bali on charges of heroin trafficking and faces the death penalty, his parents are paralyzed with shame, leaving his Paris-based sister to come to the rescue. She enlists the help of an old expert on Indonesia and two of his friends, and sets off to face a shadowy and alien situation. Her brother, languishing in jail, thinks back over his journeys in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, to the two women who changed his life there, to his subsequent slow spiral into drug addiction, and to the day a police stooge planted heroin in his room in the Kuta Beach "backpack territory" of Bali
Chanoyu : the Urasenke tradition of tea by Sōshitsu Sen( Book )
6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 178 libraries worldwide
The elephant vanishes by Haruki Murakami( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
This collection of stories exposes Japan as it is experienced from the inside. The stories take place in parallel worlds, not so much remote from normal life as hidden beneath its surface
Hear the wind sing by Haruki Murakami( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
Twee korte romans waarin de hoofdpersonen eerst vrienden zijn op de universiteit en later hun eigen leven leiden waarbij de één succesvol is maar terugdenkt aan vroeger, terwijl de ander zich afvraagt waarom zijn leven nog altijd niet is veranderd
Shimijimi by Jane Rapley( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and Japanese and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Dieser vierte Band in der Reihe der Nuno-Publikationen befasst sich mit dem Färben und Beizen, sowie mit den Gefühlsassoziationen, die durch Stoffe hervorgerufen werden können (Quelle: http://www.etn-net.org)
Small architecture ; [and] Natural architecture by Kengo Kuma( Book )
2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Zawa zawa by Kazuyoshi Sudo( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and Japanese and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Die sechste Ausgabe der Nuno-Reihe mit Stoffentwicklungen thematisiert Geräusche, die von Stoffen ausgehen und die auf unterbewusste Weise viel Aufmerksamkeit beanspruchen (Quelle: http://www.etn-net.org)
Fuwa fuwa by Kazuyoshi Sudō( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in Japanese and English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
Der dritte Band der Nuno-Reihe präsentiert luftige Gewebe, entwickelt nach Vorbildern aus der Tier- und Pflanzenwelt (Quelle: http://www.etn-net.org)
Dance, dance, dance by Haruki Murakami( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
In this propulsive novel, one of the most idiosyncratically brilliant writers at work in any language fuses science fiction, the hard-boiled thriller, and white-hot satire into a new element of the literary periodic table.As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, Haruki Murakami's protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread in which he collides with call girls, plays chaperone to a lovely teenaged psychic, and receives cryptic instructions from a shabby but oracular Sheep Man.Dance Dance Dance is a tense, poignant, and often hilarious ride through the cultural Cuisinart that is contemporary Japan, a place where everything that is not up for sale is up for grabs
Tokyo style by Kyoichi Tsuzuki( Book )
2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
Zen for cats : teachings of the Zen cat masters by Alfred Birnbaum( Book )
3 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 41 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Alfred Birnbaum Japanologist
Birnbaum, A.
Birnbaum, Alfred b. 1957
Birnbaum, Alfred T.
アルフレッド・バーンバウム
バーンバウム, アルフレッド
Languages
English (149)
Japanese (14)
Spanish (1)
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