Natsuo Kirino

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Grotesque

Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature
book | Fiction | 2007
World → Bungeishunju
US → Knopf
UK → Vintage

In her riveting new novel Grotesque, Natsuo 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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Reviews

This mesmerizing tale of betrayal reveals some sobering truths about Japan's social hierarchy.
Publishers Weekly
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Natsuo Kirino's second novel to be translated into English confirms her as one of the elite novelists who are moving contemporary Japanese fiction into the American consciousness.
The Washington Post
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This is a rich, complex read. Be prepared for a book utterly unlike anything we are used to in crime fiction . . . The Hirata sisters are not-too-distant cousins of the Brothers Karamazov. Jane Jakeman
The Independent
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