The Cat and the City
by Nick Bradley
**5 reprints, 10,000 copies sold in 2months in lockdown**
A stray tortoiseshell cat weaves in and out of seemingly disparate lives across Tokyo in the build up to the 2020 Olympics. The cat sees all, and where the cat leads the humans will follow... The 30 million inhabitants of Tokyo rub shoulders every day – but do they really see each other? Among them: a tattoo artist beholden to traditional methods is caught up in a mind-bending commission; a homeless man is squatting in an abandoned capsule hotel; an overworked taxi driver is still grieving his wife’s death; an American translator is struggling to adjust to her new big city life; a shutin hermit is afraid to leave his house; a video game champion is searching for romance. Lives touched by isolation, loneliness, and sadness. But in one of the largest megacities in the world, not everything is as disconnected as it seems. A mythical cat, shapeshifting and wonderous, dances through the streets of Tokyo. And, as it does so, it brushes up against the lives of those who live there and connects them in unexpected and, at times, magical ways. THE CAT AND THE CITY is a treasure of a novel; disturbing, delightful and formally playful, it is at once a meditation on modern existence and a lithe thrill-ride through the less-glimpsed back alleys of Tokyo.
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‘Brings to mind David Mitchell’s early books… an accomplished debut… It makes you feel young again.’ – Times
‘Inventive, beguiling… reflect a passion for the country’s culture but not an unquestioning love.’ – Sunday Times
‘An ideal tonic for anyone craving far-flung adventure.’ – Daily Mail
‘I wolfed [it] down. Tokyo, loneliness and redemption. Congratulations to Nick Bradley on this vibrant and accomplished debut.’ – David Mitchell on twitter
Nick Bradley is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA who lived in Japan for ten years. He visits Japan regularly, and is currently completing a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing, focussing on the figure of the cat in Japanese literature. He has worked in a variety of jobs, including Japanese teacher, English teacher, video game translator, travel writer, and photographer. This is his debut book.
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- Publisher Atlantic
- Publication Date June 2020
- Orginal LanguageEnglish
- ISBN/Identifier 9781786499882
- Publication Country or regionUnited Kingdom
- Publish StatusPublished
- Copyright Year2020
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