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Terminal Boredom: Stories

Terminal Boredom: Stories

Izumi Suzuki
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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.

At turns nonchalantly hip and charmingly deranged, Suzuki's singular slant on speculative fiction would be echoed in countless later works, from Margaret Atwood and Harumi Murakami, to Black Mirror and Ex Machina. In these darkly playful and punky stories, the fantastical elements are always earthed by the universal pettiness of strife between the sexes, and the gritty reality of life on the lower rungs, whatever planet that ladder might be on.

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


Izumi Suzuki (1949-1986) was a countercultural icon and a pioneer of Japanese science fiction. She worked as a keypunch operator before finding fame as a model and actress, but it was her writing that secured her reputation. She took her own life at the age of thirty-six.


  • Publisher: Verso Fiction
  • Publish Date: April 20, 2021
  • Pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 5.2 X 7.88 X 0.8 inches | 0.42 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9781788739887
  • BISAC Categories: Science Fiction - Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Short Stories (single author), Absurdist
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