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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Japanese literature

Coin Locker Babies, 1980), a novel by Ryu Murakami, translated to English by Stephen Snyder.

Plot Summary

It is the surreal story of two boys, Hashi and Kiku, who were both abandoned by their mothers during infancy and locked in coin lockers at a Tokyo train station in the summer of 1972. Both boys become wards of the Cherryfield Orphanage in Yokohama, where the tough and athletic Kiku comes to the defense of the slight, and often picked on, Hashi.

They are adopted by foster parents who live on an island. At the age of 16 both move into a diseased urban wasteland named Toxitown. Hashi becomes a bisexual rock star, employed by an eccentric producer named D. Kiku becomes a pole vaulter and with his girlfriend Anemone, a model who has converted her condo into a swamp for her crocodile, searches for his mother so he can kill her.

Film Adaptation

A film version of the book is currently in production, starring Val Kilmer, Tadanobu Asano and Asia Argento. The screenplay was worked on by Jordan Galland, Peter kline and Sean Lennon. The film is being directed by Michele Civetta and produced by Don Murphy & French Mini-major studio Wild Bunch.

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