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Birnbaum, Alfred

Overview
Works: 116 works in 330 publications in 3 languages and 7,529 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Domestic fiction  Science fiction  Fantasy fiction  Experimental fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction  Paranormal fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Other, 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
Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world : a novel by Haruki Murakami( Book )
13 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 1,364 libraries worldwide
Translated from the Japanese by: Alfred Birnbaum. Tranlation of: "Sekai no owari to hado-boirudo wandarando."
Underground by Haruki Murakami( Book )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 1,000 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 631 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 )
18 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and held by 544 libraries worldwide
A wild sheep chase by Haruki Murakami( Book )
18 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 531 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 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. 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
Dance dance dance : a novel by Haruki Murakami( Book )
17 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 496 libraries worldwide
High-class girls billed to Mastercard. A psychic 13-year-old dropout with a passion for Talking heads. A hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers. A one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator caught in the web of advanced capitalist mayhem. Combine this offbeat cast of characters with Murakami's idiosyncratic prose and out comes Dance Dance Dance
Chinese painting by Torao Miyagawa( Book )
5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 422 libraries worldwide
The Navidad incident : the downfall of Matías Guili by Natsuki Ikezawa( Book )
8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 296 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?"
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
Smile as they bow : a novel by Nu Nu Yi( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 244 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
Chanoyu : the Urasenke tradition of tea by Sōshitsu Sen( Book )
6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 179 libraries worldwide
The elephant vanishes by Haruki Murakami( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 102 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 )
5 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 67 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
Small architecture ; [and] Natural architecture by Kengo Kuma( Book )
3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
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)
Dance, dance, dance by Haruki Murakami( Sound Recording )
6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 56 libraries worldwide
When his love leaves him at a cheap hotel, the only thing the unnamed narrator can do is search for her. Finding clue upon clue to her whereabouts, he finds himself becoming more deeply entangled in modern-day Japan, where anything not for sale is up for grabs
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)
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
Tokyo style by Kyoichi Tsuzuki( Book )
2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English 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 (158)
Japanese (14)
Spanish (1)
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