Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata audiobook

Life Ceremony: Stories

By Sayaka Murata
Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
Read by Natalie Naudus , Nancy Wu , Jeena Yi , Pun Bandhu , Emily Woo Zeller , and Eunice Wong

Blackstone Publishing 9780802159588

Unabridged

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Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The long-awaited first short story-collection by the author of the cult sensation Convenience Store Woman, tales of weird love, heartfelt friendships, and the unsettling nature of human existence

With Life Ceremony, the incomparable Sayaka Murata is back with her first collection of short stories ever to be translated into English. In Japan, Murata is particularly admired for her short stories, which are sometimes sweet, sometimes shocking, and always imbued with an otherworldly imagination and uncanniness.

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. 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 above all what it means to be a human in our world and offers answers that surprise and linger.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this off-kilter collection, Murata brings a grotesque whimsy to her fables of cultural norms…Like the author’s novels, this brims with ideas.” Publishers Weekly
“To Sayaka Murata, nonconformity is a slippery slope…Reminiscent of certain excellent folk tales, expressionless prose is Murata’s trademark…The strength of her voice lies in the faux-naïf lens through which she filters her dark view of humankind: We earthlings are sad, truncated bots, shuffling through the world in a dream of confusion.” New York Times Book Review, praise for the author
“If you’re in the mood for weird, Sayaka Murata is always a reliable place to turn.” Seattle Times

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Author Bio: Sayaka Murata

Author Bio: Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata is one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers. She herself still works part time in a convenience store, which was the inspiration to write Convenience Store Woman, her English-language debut and winner of one of Japan’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Akutagawa Prize. Her work has appeared in Freeman’s, Granta, and elsewhere.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Audience: Adult
Language: English