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A prizewinning novelist’s surreal tale of millennial burnout

Kikuko Tsumura's curious tale follows other cult novels about unambitious women stuck in the thankless carousel of contemporary labour—but offers a different ending

By Rebecca Liu  

“God,” a friend of mine recently confided to me, “needs to make a comeback.”

She sounded like she was joking, she continued, but she wasn’t. Growing up in the overwhelmingly secularised milieu of millennial city-dwellers was not delivering her any meaning, particularly during the era of Covid-19. The already…

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