GROTESQUE BY NATSUO KIRINO PDF

This engrossing novel begins with the murders of two Tokyo prostitutes who had been at an expensive school in one of Japan's training grounds for the elite. How did they come to be among the lowest of the low, plying their trade in the city's devastating slums? The intertwined stories of the victims and their killer hold mirrors up to the ugly face of Japanese society, seen from multiple view-points in a structure resembling Kurosawa's film version of Rashomon. The principal narrator is the sister of the beautiful Yuriko Hirata, so preternaturally lovely she is a kind of monster, from a mixed Swiss-Japanese family. Their father is a brute, the grandfather in love with a totally unsuitable bar-owner. As for the two daughters, they are locked in a bitter rivalry.

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With its abrupt title and provocative cover image, Natsuo Kirino's Grotesque promises all the conspicuous gruesomeness we have come to expect of contemporary Japanese narratives. Caught in its pages are a schoolgirl prostitute, two incestuous love affairs, one suicide and a pair of sexual murders: exactly the kind of extreme elements with which the author's better-known countrymen - the novelist Ryu Murakami and the filmmaker Takashi Miike among them - have already achieved enduring popularity abroad.

Yet Kirino is no mere copycat. When Out, her first novel to be translated into English, was published here in having already won a literary prize at home it was acclaimed for its delicate balance of violence and satire. This, her second, finds her reaching further still: it is one of the most unexpected and playful novels to emerge from Japan in recent years.

Grotesque is, ostensibly, a crime thriller; its apparent subject the identical murders of two Tokyo prostitutes, Yuriko and Kazue. The former, the dim but "diabolically beautiful" daughter of a Swiss father and Japanese mother, starts selling her body while still at school, having discovered she is "abundantly endowed with that certain something that attracts older men". Kazue is her opposite: a plain, unpopular, diligent girl who, after graduating from an elite university, becomes a company employee by day and a prostitute by night.

Her explanation for this curious double life? That in Japan's stringent, male-dominated culture, "sex is the only way a woman has to control the world". These two characters' fates are dispassionately related in the book's opening pages by an unnamed figure who knows them both - she is the jealous older sister of Yuriko, and a former classmate of Kazue.

It never arrives. Kirino has entrusted her tale to an unreliable, manipulative narrator who couldn't care less about the plot. She gleefully sabotages the story by all but revealing the identity of the double killer in the first few chapters and has little sympathy for any of the protagonists but herself.

All these digressions about myself really have nothing to do with the topic at hand," she admits freely, addressing the reader with a consistently creepy familiarity. But what is it about those two that interests you, if I may ask? She is repugnantly superficial, combining a cold eye with a malicious turn of phrase. When she sits before her sister's killer, she is less interested by the fact that he committed the crime than by his physiognomy "squat, pudgy and bald Encountering an old school friend for the first time in decades, her primary concern is his oily complexion: "I imagined if I put my finger on his cheek, it would feel slick with grease.

Documents purportedly written by other characters - journals, letters, newspaper reports - form large sections of the novel, but our narrator is always the first to discredit them. It really is a complete fabrication. Grotesque is not so much a crime novel as a brilliant, subversive character study.

Kirino's real concerns are social, not criminal; her true villain is "the classist society so firmly embedded in Japan" which pushes her protagonists along the road to prostitution. The outrageous, unattractive, anarchic narrator is a terrific riposte to the rigidity of that society; her strong posture so at odds with the submissive role Japanese women are traditionally expected to assume - in education, in business, as wives, as daughters.

Despite occasional sags in its overlong fabric, Grotesque is nevertheless a triumph. In its boldness and originality, it broadens our sense of what modern Japanese fiction can be. Love puzzles? Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Books on Amazon. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill's life. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

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With its abrupt title and provocative cover image, Natsuo Kirino's Grotesque promises all the conspicuous gruesomeness we have come to expect of contemporary Japanese narratives. Caught in its pages are a schoolgirl prostitute, two incestuous love affairs, one suicide and a pair of sexual murders: exactly the kind of extreme elements with which the author's better-known countrymen - the novelist Ryu Murakami and the filmmaker Takashi Miike among them - have already achieved enduring popularity abroad. Yet Kirino is no mere copycat. When Out, her first novel to be translated into English, was published here in having already won a literary prize at home it was acclaimed for its delicate balance of violence and satire. This, her second, finds her reaching further still: it is one of the most unexpected and playful novels to emerge from Japan in recent years. Grotesque is, ostensibly, a crime thriller; its apparent subject the identical murders of two Tokyo prostitutes, Yuriko and Kazue.

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