Review of “The Savage Mouth” (1969)


Komatsu Sakyō (writer).

Read in 2020.

Read in Speculative Japan.

A man eats his own body.

Though contemporary with “The Electric Ant” (1969) and similar in setup—the individual testing its outermost limits alone—this is mainly grotesquerie. The final scene sinches it: The policeman deciding to suppress the incident for fear of imitation, or worse. The literary execution is good though.

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