Yakuza Moon

Today I started to read a book written by Shoko Tendo ‘Yakuza Moon‘ which I found among others in a box I had left under my bed and that I had read before but I kind of forgotten. The book is a sort of autobiography which tells the tragic events occurring in the lives of the author from a difficult childhood, having a gangster father, to the years spent as a gang member and the drugs abuse as teenager to finish with the difficult and abusive relationships with men during early adulthood. The book was well received in Japan and became a best-seller and even media and critics praised the book with comments such as ‘Born a yakuza’s daughter, by her teens plunged into a world of sex and drugs, tattooed in her twenties… Tendo’s eyes have the knowing sparkle of someone who has been to hell and back.’ – Josei Seven.

Oggi ho iniziato a leggere un libro scritto da Shoko Tendo ‘Yakuza Moon‘ che avevo letto qualche anno fa’ ed avevo lasciato in uno scatolone sotto al letto. La storia del libro, praticamente autobiografica, racconta le drammatiche vicende della vita dell’autore nel corso degli anni. Il libro inizia con l’infanzia, caratterizzata dal essere figlia di un gangster, per poi raccontare la trascorsa vita nelle gangs ed il consumo di droghe come teenager,e  per finire racconta come da giovane adulta sia stata vittima di relazioni complesse e difficili con gli uomini. Il libro e’ molto bello ed e’ stato accolto molto bene in Giappone dove e’ diventato un best-seller.

The author, Shoko Tendo, with her tattoos, book and daughter.

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