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Izumi Suzuki: Terminal Boredom


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Terminal Boredom has been selected as Litfest’s International Fiction Book Club (IFBC) choice for January 2022. Learn more about the IFBC here.

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

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Thrillist, The Millions, Frieze, and Metropolis Japan

The first English-language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon.


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Synopsis: In a future 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 interrupted.

The last family in a desolate city struggles to approximate twentieth- century life on Earth, lifting what notions they can from 1960s popular culture. But beneath these badly learned behaviours 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 bottles and baggies too hard.

And in the title story, the tyranny of enforced screen-time and the mechanisation of labour foster a cold-hearted and ultimately tragic disaffection among the youth of Tokyo.

Author: Izumi Suzuki (translated by Translated by Polly Barton, Sam Bett, David Boyd, Daniel Joseph, Aiko Masubuchi, and Helen O’Horan)
Title: Terminal Boredom
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781788739887
Original Publication Date: 01/04/21
This Edition Published: 01/04/21
Binding: Paperback, 224pp


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