On Tuesday, I receieved a bound-to-be very exciting novel called “Paprika“, by a Japanese novelist, Yasutaka Tsutsui. The book was published just this month and this latest is the third of his books, after Salmonella Men on Planet Porno and Hell, that appear in English. You can read about him and his work on Wikipedia via the link. Apparently, some have already ranked him alongside my dear Murakami. Others have even said that he is more fun than my Japanese idol. From what I saw in an animated version of the book, I am inclined to agree with them.
I have been watching Paprika for a second time, especially to write about it on my blog. The story goes like this:
“The DC Mini, which is a scientific device that allows psychiatrists, scientists (or anybody who knows how to use it) to open the door to people’s dreams has been stolen. The aim of creating this revolutionary machine was to use it to treat mental and psychiatric illnesses by looking inside patients’ dreams. Whoever stole the DC Mini, which is not yet complete and has no access control program, can connect to a psychotherapy machine at any time and from any place and use it to intrude into the minds connected to it. And that was what happened.
The chef who works at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research where the device was developed was the first victim and had the dream of a severely delusional patient planted into his brain. While the chef was suffering from the patient’s fantasy, his brain waves and body deteriorated, almost to the point of death. Then Paprika, a fearless detective and therapist who represents Dr. Chiba, the head of the DC Mini development team, had to enter into the chef’s dream with the help of the device, in order to return him to consciousness. Things started getting worse when another of her colleagues behind the invention of this device was trapped into a collective, huge delusional dream. So, not only does she have to save him from his unconscious nightmare, she also needs to get the device back as soon as possible before it falls into the wrong hands such as “dream terrorists”.”
In short, in order to understand this gripping story, I strongly recommend obtaining the book and the DVD. Enjoy!