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Life ceremony : stories / Sayaka Murata ; translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori.

Life ceremony : stories / Sayaka Murata ; translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori.
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Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date
Adult Fiction Quick Browse   Double Bay . On Loan . 2 Apr 2023
Adult Fiction   Paddington . On Loan . 26 Apr 2023
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ISBN 9781783787371 (paperback)
Author Murata, Sayaka, 1979- author.
Title Life ceremony : stories / Sayaka Murata ; translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori.
Publisher/Date London : Granat Books, 2022.
Pagination etc. 266 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents note "Feature 'A clena marriage'" --Front cover.
A first-rate material -- A magnificent spread -- A summer night's kiss -- Two's family -- The time of the large star -- Poochie -- Life ceremony -- Body magic -- Lower on the breeze -- Puzzle -- Eating the city -- Hatchling -- A clean marriage.
Summary Note With Life Ceremony, the incomparable Sayaka Murata, whose Convenience Store Woman has now sold more than a million copies worldwide, returns with a brilliant and wonderfully unsettling collection, her most recent fiction to be published in Japan. In these twelve stories, Murata mixes an unusual cocktail of humour and horror and turns the norms and traditions of society on their head to better question them. In "A First-Rate Material," Nana and Naoki are happily engaged, but Naoki can't stand the conventional use of deceased people's bodies for clothing, accessories, and furniture, and a disagreement around this threatens to derail their perfect wedding day. "Lovers on the Breeze" is told from the perspective of a curtain in a child's bedroom that jealously watches the young girl Naoko as she has her first kiss with a boy from her class and does its best to stop her. "Eating the City" explores the strange norms around food and foraging, while "Hatchling" closes the collection with an extraordinary depiction of the fractured personality of someone who tries too hard to fit in. In these strange and wonderful stories of family and friendship, sex and intimacy, belonging and individuality, Murata asks what it means to be a human in a world that often seems very strange, and offers answers that surprise and linger.
Language note Tanslated from the Japanese.
Subject - Name Murata, Sayaka, -- 1979- Translations into English
Subject Attitude (Psychology) -- Fiction
Dogmatism -- Fiction
Stereotypes (Social psychology) -- Fiction
Rigidity (Psychology) -- Fiction
Common sense -- Fiction
Psychology, Pathological -- Fiction
Japanese fiction -- Translations into English
Short stories.
Psychological fiction.
Added Author Takemori, Ginny Tapley translator.
Shelf Location F MURA
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