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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (6 November 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 198260073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1982600730
  • Boxed-product Weight: 236 g
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An unusual but ingenious collection...Funny without collapsing into wackiness, these eccentric, beguiling stories are reminiscent of Haruki Murakami and Kafka.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

A whimsical story collection from a gifted writer with a keen eye and a playful sense of humor.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

A blissfully surreal collection...Reality blurs with the fantastic, offering a welcome escape hatch out of a seemingly impossibly bleak world.

-- "Huffington Post"

In eleven short stories, Yukiko Motoya pulls back the curtain from everyday lives, to reveal that beneath the most mundane lies a world bizarre and alien.

-- "Bustle"

An often surreal, at times disturbing, and reliably twisted look at the hidden sides of our everyday lives.

-- "Nylon"

Eleven stories that fuse the banality of the everyday with dreamlike elements of fantasy.

-- "Time"

At face value, the stories are fun and funny to read, but weightier questions lurk below the surface.

-- "New York Times"

A diverse set of narrators skillfully delivers eleven stories about individuality, relationships, and liberation. Each narrator succeeds in portraying different characters in the collection...Flawlessly produced and narrated, this is an outstanding listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

-- "AudioFile "

Six narrators...take turns evenly voicing eleven unpredictable tales...With aural amplification, the mundane morphs into the bizarre, while the fantastic settles into the seemingly normal.

-- "Booklist (audio review)"

The twelve hilarious fables in Yukiko Motoya's The Lonesome Bodybuilder look at everyday life so closely they turn it inside out...Yet the way she tilts reality always interrogates something bigger...This is thrilling work.

-- "Literary Hub"

About the Author

Yukiko Motoya was born in Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan in 1979. After moving to Tokyo to study drama, she started the Motoya Yukiko Theater Company, whose plays she wrote and directed. Her first story, Eriko to zettai, appeared in the literary magazine Gunzo in 2002. Motoya won the Noma Prize for New Writers for Warm Poison in 2011; the Kenzaburo Oe Prize for Picnic in the Storm in 2013; the Mishima Yukio Prize for How She Learned to Love Herself in 2014; and Japan's most prestigious literary prize, the Akutagawa Prize, for An Exotic Marriage in 2016.

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