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Terminal Boredom:  Stories

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Terminal Boredom: Stories

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Author: Izumi Suzuki
Publisher: Verso, 2021
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The first English language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon

In a future where men are contained in ghettoized isolation, women enjoy the fruits of a queer matriarchal utopia - until a boy escapes and a young woman's perception of the world is violently interrupted.

The last family in a desolate city struggles to approximate 20th century life on Earth, lifting what notions they can from 1960s popular culture. But beneath these badly learned behaviors lies an atavistic appetite for destruction.

Two new friends enjoy drinks on a holiday resort planet where all is not as it seems, and the air itself seems to carry a treacherously potent nostalgia. Back on Earth, Emma's not certain if her emotionally abusive, green-haired boyfriend is in fact an intergalactic alien spy, or if she's been hitting the bottle and baggies too hard.

In turns nonchalantly hip and charmingly deranged, Suzuki's singular slant on speculative fiction would be echoed in countless later works, from Margaret Atwood and Harumi Murakami, to Black Mirror and Ex Machina. In these darkly playful and punky stories, the fantastical elements are always earthed by the universal pettiness of strife between the sexes, and the gritty reality of life on the lower rungs, whatever planet that ladder might be on.

Translated by Polly Barton, Sam Bett, David Boyd, Daniel Joseph, Aiko Masubuchi, and Helen O'Horan.

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