The Crimson Thread of Abandon

The Crimson Thread of Abandon is a collection of short fiction by Shūji Terayama, translated into English by Elizabeth L. Armstrong and published by the University of Hawai'i Press in 2013.[1] The book contains a total of 20 stories.[2] The stories in the first half of the book originate from the collection Stories Sewn Up with a Red Thread.[3]

First edition

Robert Anthony Siegel wrote in Three Percent that the translation had a "graceful" approach to wordplay and puns, and that the translator did her task "with sensitivity and skill".[3]


  • "Ribbon of the Sea"[3]
  • "Bird in a Bottle"
  • "Yesterday"
  • "Memory Shot"[3]
  • "Gotta Dance"
  • "The Eraser"[3]
  • "The Elusive Milena"
  • "Remy's Quantum Realities"
  • "One-Centimeter Journey"
  • "Five Stories of Hide-and-Seek"
  • "Alice in Shadowland"[2]
  • "Alice in Bookland"
  • "Que Sera Sera"
  • "24,000 Kisses"
  • "The Thief's Tango"
  • "Joker Joe"
  • "Flame"
  • "Hide-and-Not-Go-Seek"[2]
  • "Lena's Death"
  • "Fallen Angel"


  1. ^ "The Crimson Thread of Abandon Stories." University of Hawai'i Press. Retrieved on May 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Barbush, Madeline. "The Crimson Thread of Abandon: Stories." The Japan Times. October 4, 2014. Retrieved on May 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Crimson Thread of Abandon." Three Percent. University of Rochester, Retrieved on May 29, 2015.

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