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Birnbaum, Alfred

Overview
Works: 111 works in 243 publications in 2 languages and 5,844 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Suspense fiction  Pictorial works  Allegories  Humorous stories  Humor 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PL856.U673, 895.635
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Publications about Alfred Birnbaum
Publications by Alfred Birnbaum
Most widely held works by Alfred Birnbaum
Underground by Haruki Murakami( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 986 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 )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 670 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
Dance dance dance : a novel by Haruki Murakami( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and Japanese and held by 638 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
Monkey brain sushi : new tastes in Japanese fiction by Alfred Birnbaum( Book )
16 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and held by 566 libraries worldwide
A wild sheep chase by Haruki Murakami( Book )
15 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 511 libraries worldwide
It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn₂t realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself
Chinese painting ( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 425 libraries worldwide
Smile as they bow : a novel by Nu Nu Yi( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 299 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 279 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
The Navidad incident : the downfall of Matías Guili by Natsuki Ikezawa( Book )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 265 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]
Chanoyu : the Urasenke tradition of tea by Sōshitsu Sen( Book )
4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 171 libraries worldwide
Underground : the Tokyo gas attack and the Japanese psyche by Haruki Murakami( Book )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 94 libraries worldwide
In March of 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, and 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 and vital and as wonderfully executed as Murakamiʹs brilliant novels
The elephant vanishes by Haruki Murakami( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 69 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 61 libraries worldwide
Zen for cats : teachings of the Zen cat masters by Alfred Birnbaum( Book )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Shimijimi ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and Japanese and held by 45 libraries worldwide
Fuwa fuwa by Haruki Murakami( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 43 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)
Traffic art ( Book )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
Zawa zawa ( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
A wild sheep chase by Haruki Murakami( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
In this hybrid of mythology and mystery, a twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. This catapults him into a surreal and elaborate quest to find the mythical sheep in the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan
Tokyo style by Kyoichi Tsuzuki( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Birnbaum, A.
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 (113)
Japanese (5)
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