A Japanese novel you should read: Grotesque


Literature by Matt S. 

Kirino Natsuo is one of the most important figures in modern Japanese literature – right up there with Murakami. Kirino's writing isn't exactly pleasant to read, and you'll walk away from Grotesque feeling more than a little deflated, but the way she structures her writing, and the way that it manages to be both completely modern and at the same time call to mind the noir detective writings of the likes of Raymond Chandler, makes the book as memorable and potent as you would have read in quite some time. 

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