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

Murata, Sayaka, 1979- (author.). Takemori, Ginny Tapley, (translator.). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : First-rate material. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Magnificent spread. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Summer night's kiss. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Two's family. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Time of the large star. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Poochie. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Body magic. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Lower on the breeze. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Puzzle. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Eating the city. (Added Author). Murata, Sayaka, 1979- Container of (work) : Hatchling. (Added Author).

Available copies

  • 3 of 9 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Fontana Regional Library.

Holds

  • 4 current holds with 9 total copies.

Current holds

4 current holds with 9 total copies.

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Jackson County Public Library F MURATA (Text) 39493109431207 Adult New Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780802159588
  • ISBN: 0802159583
  • Physical Description: 244 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published as Seimeishiki. Original Japanese edition published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha, Ltd., Tokyo."--Title page verso.
Formatted Contents Note:
A first-rate material -- A magnificent spread -- A summer night's kiss -- Two's family -- Time of the large star -- Poochie -- Life ceremony -- Body magic -- Lower on the breeze -- Puzzle -- Eating the city -- Hatchling.
Summary, etc.:
"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 humor 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"-- Jacket flaps.
Language Note:
Tanslated from Japanese.
Subject: Attitude (Psychology) > Fiction.
Dogmatism > Fiction.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) > Fiction.
Rigidity (Psychology) > Fiction.
Common sense > Fiction.
Psychology, Pathological > Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.
Psychological fiction.

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