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Look Inside. Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in. Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead — both have become prostitutes and both have been brutally murdered.

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Look Inside. Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.

Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead — both have become prostitutes and both have been brutally murdered. At once a psychological investigation of the pressures facing Japanese women and a classic work of noir fiction, Grotesque is a brilliantly twisted novel of ambition, desire, beauty, cruelty, and identity by one of our most electrifying writers.

Natsuo Kirino, born in , quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only… More about Natsuo Kirino. Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind. Cain might have written if he had been a Japanese feminist. Emotionally harrowing.

A powerful study of people humbled at the altar of superficial values. Read An Excerpt. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:. Paperback —. About Grotesque Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Also in Vintage International. Also by Natsuo Kirino. About Natsuo Kirino Natsuo Kirino, born in , quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel.

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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.

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