Grotesque

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2007 - Fiction - 467 pages
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Natsuo Kirino made a spectacular fiction debut on these shores with the publication of Edgar Award-nominated Out (“Daring and disturbing . . . Prepared to push the limits of this world . . . Remarkable”—Los Angeles Times). Unanimously lauded for her unique, psychologically complex, darkly compelling vision and voice, she garnered a multitude of enthusiastic fans eager for more.
In her riveting new novel Grotesque, Kirino once again depicts a barely known Japan. This is the story of three Japanese women and the interconnectedness of beauty and cruelty, sex and violence, ugliness and ambition in their lives.
Tokyo prostitutes Yuriko and Kazue have been brutally murdered, their deaths leaving a wake of unanswered questions about who they were, who their murderer is, and how their lives came to this end. As their stories unfurl in an ingeniously layered narrative, coolly mediated by Yuriko’s older sister, we are taken back to their time in a prestigious girls’ high school—where a strict social hierarchy decided their fates—and follow them through the years as they struggle against rigid societal conventions.
Shedding light on the most hidden precincts of Japanese society today, Grotesque is both a psychological investigation into the female psyche and a classic work of noir fiction. It is a stunning novel, a book that confirms Natsuo Kirino’s electrifying gifts.

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User Review  - Joy - Goodreads

Darkness. Sadness. Apathy. Desperation. Those are just a few of the few feelings I felt after reading Natsuo Kirino's Grotesque. Ultimately, Grostesque is the story of human nature, at it's darkest ... Read full review

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The Accidental Reader Book Reviews and More This book confused me so much when it comes to the rating. It;s one of those books that belong in the in between and I really didn't know how to rate it. So ... Read full review

Contents

ONE A CHART OF PHANTOM CHILDREN
3
TWO A CLUSTER OF NAKED SEED PLANTS
40
FOUR WORLD WITHOUT LOVE
157
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About the author (2007)

Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, is the author of sixteen novels, four short-story collections, and an essay collection. She is the recipient of six of Japan’s premier literary awards, including the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Out, the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature for Grotesque, and the Naoki Prize for Soft Cheeks. Her work has been published in nineteen languages worldwide; several of her books have also been turned into movies. Out was the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award. She lives in Tokyo.

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