Lee Langley

An unquiet life: There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job, by Kikuko Tsumura, reviewed

A burnt-out young woman longs only for stress-free employment in Tokyo — but even the dullest jobs appear to have a sinister side

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Kikuko Tsumura is a multi-prizewinning Japanese author whose mischievously deceptive new novel takes us into what purports to be the office world of Tokyo. The routine at first seems familiar, but intriguing disparities emerge: the present is also a foreign country. There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job gives us the minutiae of everyday working life — but not as we know it.

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