Earthlings

Sayaka Murata

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 256
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2021
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78378-569-8
Verlag Granta Publications
Maße (L/B/H) 1,8/13/20 cm
Gewicht 185 g
Übersetzer Ginny Tapley Takemori

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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Leipzig am 05.03.2021
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Unglaubliches Buch! Es geht um die Rolle der Frau in der Gesellschaft, um (Triggerwarnung!) Missbrauch und Traumabewältigung, um Außenseiter. Krasse Story. Wundervoll geschrieben. Ich habe das Buch gekauft weil ich nach so vielen Haruki Murakami Romanen keine Lust mehr auf den "male gaze" und auf die sexualisierte Darstellung vo... Unglaubliches Buch! Es geht um die Rolle der Frau in der Gesellschaft, um (Triggerwarnung!) Missbrauch und Traumabewältigung, um Außenseiter. Krasse Story. Wundervoll geschrieben. Ich habe das Buch gekauft weil ich nach so vielen Haruki Murakami Romanen keine Lust mehr auf den "male gaze" und auf die sexualisierte Darstellung von Minderjährigen aus der Sicht der erwachsenen Männer in seinen Büchern habe. Ich wollte zur Abwechselung moderne japanische Literatur lesen, die eine Frau geschrieben hat. Dieses Buch ist genau das was ich gebraucht habe. Klare Empfehlung!

Sayaka Murata – Earthlings
von Miss.mesmerized am 25.11.2020
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Natsuki has never really fit in, her mother favours her sister and tells her constantly that she is a nuisance and good for nothing. When her teacher first touches her inappropriately, her mother does not only not believe her but accuses her of falsely allege misconduct. Thus, she keeps quiet, even when she is assaulted. Her way... Natsuki has never really fit in, her mother favours her sister and tells her constantly that she is a nuisance and good for nothing. When her teacher first touches her inappropriately, her mother does not only not believe her but accuses her of falsely allege misconduct. Thus, she keeps quiet, even when she is assaulted. Her way of coping with the situation is getting mentally detached, she has the impression of leaving her body which helps her to cope. Only her cousin Yuu can understand her, just like she herself, he lives in a complicated family and is convinced not to be an earthling since all the people around him behave strangely and don’t understand him. An incident forces this relationship to break up and to isolate Natsuki and Yuu, only after more than two decades will they meet again and their childhood experiences clearly left their marks on them. “It’s handy having a dumpster in the house. In this house, that’s my role. When Dad and Mom and Kise get so fed up they can’t bear it any longer, they dump everything onto me.” Reading Sayaka Murata's novel really brought me to my emotional limits. Even before the actual abuse by her teacher, seeing the dysfunctional family and the mother's inhuman behaviour towards her daughter is hard to endure. Also her sister who not only does not show any empathy but quite the contrary, actively contributes to Natsuki’s poor state. She is the typical vulnerable child highly at risk of falling prey to molesters. Being beaten by her parents, not experiencing any love or physical attachment, the fact that she is not believed and does not get any help when in need, sadly fits perfectly into the picture. “Before I knew it, I had turned thirty-four, (...) Even after all the time, I still wasn’t living my life so much as simply surviving.” It might seem strange that Natsuki as well as Yuu come to believe that they must be aliens and that they increasingly estrange from the humans around them. However, this is just a psychological trick played by their brain to help them to cope and quite understandable. From a psychological point of view, this is extremely authentically narrated. “It was the out-of-body power. Before I knew what was happening, I had left my body the way I had the day of the summer festival and was watching myself.” There is no relief when they grow up. The society they live in does not allow individuals to live according to their own conception but expects them to function for the majority's benefit and not to step out of line. Finding a matching partner first bring Natsuki the possibility of fleeing her family, yet, it was to be expected that their small bubble was not meant to last. An extremely sad read which definitely is not suitable for everyone. Nevertheless, I'd highly recommend it due to the authentic portray of the effect such experiences can have and to show that quite often victims do not find any help but are even blamed for what happens to them.

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