Suzuki Izumi

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(1949-1986) Japanese author who, at the beginning of her troubled career, quit her teenage job as a key-punch operator after a Fanzine story gained an honourable mention in a competition run by the literary magazine Shōsetsu Gendai. Moving to Tokyo in 1970, she moonlighted as a bar hostess, nude model and actress under the name Naomi Asaka or Naomi Senkō. Her husband, the saxophonist Kaoru Abe, died of a drug overdose in 1973, after which Suzuki threw herself into an incandescent creative streak, ending with her suicide a decade later.

Onna to Onna no Yō no Naka ["The World of Women and Women"] (July 1977 SF Magazine; fixup 1978) posits a future Dystopia, riven by Overpopulation and lack of resources, in which men are confined to a dangerous Special Residence Zone. With men in such short supply, women are driven to bond with each other, and to collaborate in child-rearing, in an extended meditation on whether a male-free society might not be ultimately desirable. It, and stories like it, prompted the critic Mari {KOTANI} to identify Suzuki as a key creator among Japan's Women SF Writers, and a prime catalyst for later explorations of themes in Gender Politics. This, however, has not precluded Suzuki's co-option as an icon of dissolute youth and self-destruction, particularly when her appearances on the Media Landscape during her short lifetime were so eye-catching.

In 1993, Suzuki's 16-year-old daughter sued the writer Mayumi Inaba for invasion of privacy over Endless Waltz (1992), a novel about Suzuki and Abe. This failed to prevent the production of Koji Wakamatsu's film adaptation Endless Waltz (1995), which similarly presented the couple as punk-era bohemians in an abusive, co-dependent relationship. The ghost of Suzuki's work can occasionally be glimpsed in metatextual references throughout Japanese pop culture, from the name of the musical group Love Psychedelico, to the choice of title for the {GUNDAM} Anime film Endless Waltz (1998). In much the same fashion as Yukio Mishima, the matter of Suzuki's life and death have largely come to obscure appraisal of her actual work. [JonC]

Izumi Suzuki

born Itō, Shizuoka, Japan: 10 July 1949

died Tokyo, Japan: 17 February 1986

works

  • Ai Suru Anata ["Loving You"] (Tokyo: Gendai Hyōron-sha, 1973) [nonfiction: coll: pb/]
  • Atashi wa Tenshi ja Nai ["I'm No Angel"] (Tokyo: Bronze-sha, 1973) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Zankoku no Meruhen ["Cruel Fairy Tales"] (Tokyo: Rakuten, 1975) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Onna to Onna no Yō no Naka ["The World of Women and Women"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 1978) [binding unknown/]
  • Itsudatte Tea Time ["Tea Time Anytime"] (Tokyo: Hakuya Shobō, 1978) [nonfiction: coll: binding unknown/]
  • Kanshoku ["Touch"] (Tokyo: Kōsaidō, 1980) [binding unknown/]
    • Touch (Tokyo: Bunyū-sha, 1998) [vt of the above: binding unknown/]
  • Koi no Psychedelic ["Love's Psychedelic"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 1982) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Shi-Shosetsu ["I-Novel"] (Tokyo: Hakuya Shobō, 1986) [pictorial: with Nobuyoshi Araki: hb/]
  • Koe no Nai Hibi ["Days Without a Voice"] (Tokyo: Bunyū-sha, 1993) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Suzuki Izumi Collection (Tokyo: Bunyū-sha, 1996-1998) [in eight volumes: binding unknown/]
  • Izumi Goroku (Tokyo: Bunyū-sha, 2001) [coll: pb/]
  • Izumi This Bad Girl (Tokyo: Bunyū-sha, 2002) [pictorial: with Nobuyoshi Araki: pb/]
  • Suzuki Izumi Second Collection (Tokyo: Bunyū-sha, 2004) [in three volumes: binding unknown/]

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