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Old 08-08-2007, 06:41 PM   #109
Dr. Drib
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I'm currently finishing up Grotesque, by Natsuo Kirino. It's a kind of murder mystery, but it's also about an egocentric and perhaps unreliable narrator.

It's an unusual book, constructed with different narratives, what literary critic Bakhtin calls heteroglossia -- many voices telling a story.

Kirino is a young Japanese writer, and this is her second book to be translated into English. I haven't yet read her first translated title.

Interestingly, I saw this at Borders over a period of about one month and I decided I wanted to buy it and read it. The real tug-of-war was whether to buy it as a hardback First Edition (for my collection), or buy it as an ebook. The ebook won out for two reasons:

1) the ebook was about $12.00 cheaper than the hardback. (It's not available yet as a trade paper.)

2) I desperately need to downsize my book collection.

Has anyone else here read any of her work?

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