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Earthlings (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 08/10/2020

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Waterstones Says

A wild and unsettling story about alienation and not fitting in from the bestselling author of Convenience Store Woman.

Natsuki isn't like the other girls. Together with her cousin Yuu, she spends her summers in the wild Nagano mountains, hoping a spaceship will take her home.

When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the cousins for ever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what. Now, Natsuki is grown. She lives quietly in an asexual marriage, pretending to be normal, and hiding the horrors of her childhood from her family and friends. But dark shadows from Natsuki's past are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains of Nagano, Natsuki prepares herself for a reunion with Yuu. Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it?

A dark and magical reckoning with what it might take to survive a shattered life, Earthlings is an exhilarating cosmic flight that will leave you reeling.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783785674
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 348 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Gut-shredding... Earthlings is a frequently disturbing but pacy read, with its own off-key humour. I ripped through it - Observer

Dizzying... Shocking, hilarious and hugely, darkly entertaining. Murata has crafted an unforgettable, original hybrid of absurd fantasy and stark realism - Financial Times

I loved this book! It easily converted me to being an alien. A radical, hilarious, heartbreaking look at the crap we have all internalized in order to fit in and survive - Elif Batuman

A firecracker of a book...the story skates along the top of all this darkness, and shimmers with a deadpan wit. I loved it - Five Books

Provocative and radical ... For that, I applaud it - Stylist

As a coded portrait of adolescent anxiety, it's savagely pointed... A disconcerting fable - Daily Mail

Brilliantly translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori... Murata takes the reader on a journey that is profound and scary in equal measure. Brilliant - Big Issue

Earthlings was my most anticipated Japanese novel of 2020, and it certainly did not disappoint - Books and Bao

Certainly memorable - Sunday Times

A brilliantly scathing assessment of social norms ... Curious, challenging and slightly nightmarish, it'll certainly make your brain buzz - Press Association

If you loved Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata then Earthlings will be right up your alley - Herald

Murata has risen to even more bizarre heights - Skinny

[Earthlings] has a similar affectless eeriness to her previous novel, the wildly successful (and brilliant) Convenience Store Woman.. It's not the darkness of the events Murata describes that is most disturbing, but the blank chirpiness of the narrative voice with her narrator relates them - Books of the Year, Irish Times

Whatever Earthlings is, whatever planet it comes from, it's a tale of quiet desperation to make your brain fizz - Guardian

Earthlings will leave you reeling - DN Fourteen

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“Greetings from Popinpobopia.....”

Earthlings follows a Japanese girl called Natsuki and her journey through life from a young girl to a grown woman. Beginning at a Summer family reunion at her grandparent’s countryside home we are introduced to... More

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“Disturbing, but Interesting”

I read Murata’s novel the Convenience Store Woman back when it had first been released in English, and I absolutely loved its voice and discussion on society and women. I liked how it highlighted the sexism of women... More

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“A sick, twisted and brilliant critique of the contemporary treadmill”

“Survive, whatever it takes.”

Natsuki doesn’t fit in. Each summer, young Natsuki looks forward to visiting her Granny’s house in the mountains of Akishina with her parents, younger sister and extended family of... More

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