There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job

Author:   Kikuko Tsumura
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN:  

9781526622242


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   26 November 2020
Format:   Paperback
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'Surreal and unsettling' OBSERVER CULTURAL HIGHLIGHT 'Wise, comical and exceptionally relatable' ZEBA TALKHANI 'Quietly hilarious and deeply attuned to the uncanny rhythms and deadpan absurdity of the daily grind' SHARLENE TEO A woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that requires no reading, no writing - and ideally, very little thinking. She is sent to an office building where she is tasked with watching the hidden-camera feed of an author suspected of storing contraband goods. But observing someone for hours on end isn't so easy. How will she stay awake? When can she take delivery of her favourite brand of tea? And, perhaps more importantly - how did she find herself in this situation in the first place? As she moves from job to job, writing bus adverts for shops that mysteriously disappear, and composing advice for rice cracker wrappers that generate thousands of devoted followers, it becomes increasingly apparent that she's not searching for the easiest job at all, but something altogether more meaningful...

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Author:   Kikuko Tsumura
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781526622242


ISBN 10:   1526622246
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   26 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Read it before you burn out * Asahi Shimbun Weekly AERA * The fantastical flavour of this book is one of its charms ... This is a masterpiece of a book about the working world -- Kentaro Tomoda * Bunshun Toshokan * Spending time in the author's unique world, which seems so bizarre and random but is in fact artfully designed, I found myself healed and restored -- Kazufumi Watanabe * Asahi Shimbun *


Surreal and unsettling * Observer * A fascinating, immersive novel about a young Japanese woman moving from one mundane job to another, searching for employment that doesn't require her to think too much. But she soon finds out that no matter how simple her set tasks, there are intrigue, magic and the unexpected to each one. Fans of My Year Of Rest And Relaxation will adore this exquisitely deadpan book, adeptly translated by Polly Barton * Red * A surreal employment odyssey ... Recommended for anyone missing time in the office * Monocle * A brilliant riposte ... don't get mad, get even - and then get even better * Saga * A wise, comical and exceptionally relatable novel on finding meaning and purpose in our work lives -- Zeba Talkhani, author of <i>My Past is a Foreign Country</i> Quietly hilarious and deeply attuned to the uncanny rhythms and deadpan absurdity of the daily grind, Kikuko Tsumara's postmodern existential workplace saga both skewers and celebrates our deeply human need to function in society and keep surviving in an oftentimes senseless-seeming world -- Sharlene Teo, author of <i>Ponti</i> Read it before you burn out * Asahi Shimbun Weekly AERA * The fantastical flavour of this book is one of its charms ... This is a masterpiece of a book about the working world -- Kentaro Tomoda * Bunshun Toshokan * Spending time in the author's unique world, which seems so bizarre and random but is in fact artfully designed, I found myself healed and restored -- Kazufumi Watanabe * Asahi Shimbun *


A wise, comical and exceptionally relatable novel on finding meaning and purpose in our work lives -- Zeba Talkhani, author of <i>My Past is a Foreign Country</i> Quietly hilarious and deeply attuned to the uncanny rhythms and deadpan absurdity of the daily grind, Kikuko Tsumara's postmodern existential workplace saga both skewers and celebrates our deeply human need to function in society and keep surviving in an oftentimes senseless-seeming world -- Sharlene Teo, author of <i>Ponti</i> Surreal and unsettling * Observer * Read it before you burn out * Asahi Shimbun Weekly AERA * The fantastical flavour of this book is one of its charms ... This is a masterpiece of a book about the working world -- Kentaro Tomoda * Bunshun Toshokan * Spending time in the author's unique world, which seems so bizarre and random but is in fact artfully designed, I found myself healed and restored -- Kazufumi Watanabe * Asahi Shimbun *


Author Information

Kikuko Tsumura was born in Osaka, Japan, where she still lives today. In her first job out of college, Tsumura experienced workplace harassment and quit after ten months to retrain and find another position, an experience that inspired her to write stories about young workers. She has won numerous Japanese literary awards including the Akutagawa Prize and the Noma Literary New Face Prize, and her first short story translated into English, 'The Water Tower and the Turtle', won a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recognized Tsumura's work with a New Artist award in 2016. There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job is her first novel to be translated into English. Polly Barton is a translator of Japanese literature and non-fiction, based in the UK. Stories she has translated have appeared in Words Without Borders, Granta and The White Review. Full-length translations include Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki and Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda. After being awarded the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, she is currently working on a non-fiction book entitled Fifty Sounds.

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