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If Cats Disappeared From The World

Author: Genki Kawamura and Eric Selland  

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A million-copy bestseller, a poignant and thought-provoking Japanese tale that asks what it really is that makes life worth living.

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A million-copy bestseller, a poignant and thought-provoking Japanese tale that asks what it really is that makes life worth living.

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Description

Our narrator's days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was unprepared for the doctor's diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the Devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week . . .Because how do you decide what makes life worth living? How do you separate out what you can do without from what you hold dear? In dealing with the Devil our narrator will take himself - and his beloved cat - to the brink. Genki Kawamura's If Cats Disappeared from the World is a story of loss and reconciliation, of one man's journey to discover what really matters in modern life.This beautiful tale is translated from the Japanese by Eric Selland, who also translated The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. Fans of The Guest Cat will also surely love If Cats Disappeared from the World.

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Critic Reviews

“A warm, quirky novel on life, love, family estrangement and what remains when we are gone with a surprising emotional charge.”

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If you're a fan of The Guest Cat (or even just cats generally), you'll love this. Sunday Times #StyleReads
This brief existential enquiry into life’s priorities is gently charming. The Skinny
A moral tale. The Express
A poignant, affecting story about facing up to one's mortality, taking responsibility for one's choices and deciding what truly holds value. The Herald
Reminiscent of Johnathan Livingston Seagull, this was a quick read – it only took me a few hours – but it will stay with you long after you finish it. My Weekly

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About the Author

Genki Kawamura is a bestseller author of three novels (Million Dollar Man, April Come She Will), three children's picture books (Tinny & The Balloon, MOOM, Monster Patisserie), one collection of fictional film project pitches, and two collections of interviews. If Cats Disappeared from the World is his first book of fiction and has sold 1.7 million copies to date in Japan, with publishing deals in 15 countries. His second novel Million Dollar Man has sold 760 thousand copies. He occasionally produces, directs and writes movies, and is a showrunner as well.

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Back Cover

The Devil picked that moment to announce in his usual cheerful manner the next item he'd make disappear. I couldn't think about anything anymore, so I said yes just like that. At that point, the thought that it could happen to my cat Cabbage had never crossed my mind . . .

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Product Details

Publisher
Pan Macmillan | Picador
Published
20th September 2018
Pages
208
ISBN
9781509889174

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