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If Cats Disappeared From The World
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Genki Kawamura Eric Selland
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If Cats Disappeared From The World

Genki Kawamura Eric Selland



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Fiction in translation


144 pages

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Our narrator's days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was unprepared for the doctor's diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the Devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week...

Because how do you decide what makes life worth living? How do you separate out what you can do without from what you hold dear? In dealing with the Devil our narrator will take himself - and his beloved cat - to the brink. Genki Kawamura's If Cats Disappeared from the World is a story of loss and reconciliation, of one man's journey to discover what really matters in modern life.

This beautiful tale is translated from the Japanese by Eric Selland, who also translated The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. Fans of The Guest Cat will also surely love If Cats Disappeared from the World.

By:   Genki Kawamura
Translated by:   Eric Selland
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   162g
ISBN:   9781509889174
ISBN 10:   1509889175
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   September 2018
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Genki Kawamura is a bestseller author of three novels (Million Dollar Man, April Come She Will), three children's picture books (Tinny & The Balloon, MOOM, Monster Patisserie), one collection of fictional film project pitches, and two collections of interviews. If Cats Disappeared from the World is his first book of fiction and has sold 1.7 million copies to date in Japan, with publishing deals in 15 countries. His second novel Million Dollar Man has sold 760 thousand copies. He occasionally produces, directs and writes movies, and is a showrunner as well.

Reminiscent of Johnathan Livingston Seagull, this was a quick read - it only took me a few hours - but it will stay with you long after you finish it. * My Weekly * A poignant, affecting story about facing up to one's mortality, taking responsibility for one's choices and deciding what truly holds value. * The Herald * A moral tale. * The Express * This brief existential enquiry into life's priorities is gently charming. * The Skinny * If you're a fan of The Guest Cat (or even just cats generally), you'll love this. * Sunday Times #StyleReads * A warm, quirky novel on life, love, family estrangement and what remains when we are gone with a surprising emotional charge. * Observer *

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