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Life Ceremony

Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

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In these twelve stories, Murata mixes an unusual cocktail of humor and horror to portray both the loners and outcasts as well as turning the norms and traditions of society on their head to better question them. Whether the stories take place in modern-day Japan, the future, or an alternate reality is left to the reader’s interpretation, as the characters often seem strange in their normality in a frighteningly abnormal world.

japanese title: Seimeishiki
notes: Contents: 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; Lover on the Breeze; Puzzle; Eating the City; Hatchling
subjects: Short stories
Women authors
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780802159588
OCLC number: 1334866425
publisher: Grove Press
publication place: New York
japanese publication date: 2019
english publication date: 2022
document type: Book