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Terminal Boredom


Izumi Suzuki



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02 July 2021
On a planet where men are contained in ghettoised 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 interupted. Two old friends enjoy cocktails on a holiday resort planet where all is not as it seems. A bickering couple emigrate to a world that has worked out an innovative way to side-step the need for war, only to bring their quarrels (and something far more destructive) with them. And in the title story, Suzuki offers readers a tragic and warped mirroring of her own final days as the tyranny of enforced screen-time and the mechanistion of labour bring about a shattering psychic collapse.

At 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.
By:   Izumi Suzuki
Imprint:   Verso
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781788739887
ISBN 10:   1788739884
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   02 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Izumi Suzuki was born in 1949. After dropping out of highschool she worked in a factory before finding success and infamy as a model and actress. Her acting credits include several classics of 1970s Japanese cinema, as well as softcore pornography. When the father of her children, the jazz musican Kaoru Abe, died of an overdose, Suzuki's creative output went into overdrive and she began producing the irreverent, punky short fiction, novels and essays that ensured her reputation would outstrip and outlast that of the men she'd been associated with in her early life. She took her own life in 1986, leaving behind a decade's worth of groundbreaking and influential writing.

Reviews for Terminal Boredom: Stories

Suzuki is a daring writer and these stories will show the English-language world what she is made of. - Jessica Esa, Metropolis Japan ( 5 Japanese Novels to Read in 2021 )

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