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By Roland Barthes

With this publication, Barthes deals a broad-ranging meditation at the tradition, society, paintings, literature, language, and iconography--in brief, either the sign-oriented realities and fantasies--of Japan itself.

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"If Japan didn't exist, Barthes may have needed to invent it--not that Japan does exist in Empire of symptoms, for Barthes is cautious to indicate that he's no longer studying the true Japan, there is not any bad innerness as within the West, no soul, no God, no destiny, no ego, no grandeur, no metaphysics, no 'promotional fever' and at last no which means . . . For Barthes Japan is a try, a problem to imagine the unthinkable, a spot the place which means is eventually banished. Paradise, certainly, for the nice scholar of signs." --Edmund White, the hot York instances booklet evaluation

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In pachinko, no sex (in Japan-in that eountry I am ealling 28 Japan-sexuality is in sex! not else\':hete; in the United States, it is the conttaty; sex is everywhetc, ncept in sexual­ ity). The machines are mangers, lined up in raws; the playet, with an abrupt gestute, tenewed so rapidly that it seems un­ interrupted, feeds the machine with his metal matbles; hc sruffs thern in, the way you would stuff a goose; fram time to time the machine, filled to capacity, releases its diatthea of matbles; fOt a few yen, the player is symbolically spattered with rnoney.

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