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If Cats Disappeared from the World, Kawamura,  Genki
If Cats Disappeared from the World
Genki Kawamura

Paperback $18.99 - Pan Macmillan UK
Fiction - Published: 25/Sep/2018 - ISBN: 9781509889174

Genki Kawamura is a bestseller author of three novels (<i><b>Million Dollar Man</b></i>, <i><b>April Come She Will</b></i>), three children's picture books (<i><b>Tinny &amp; The Balloon</b></i>, <i><b>MOOM</b></i>, <i><b>Monster</b> <b>Patisserie</b></i>), one collection of fictional film project pitches, and two collections of interviews. <i><b>If Cats Disappeared from the World</b></i> 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 <i><b>Million Dollar Man</b></i> has sold 760 thousand copies. He occasionally produces, directs and writes movies, and is a showrunner as well. A million-copy bestseller, a poignant and thought-provoking Japanese tale that asks what it really is that makes life worth living. 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 <i>If Cats Disappeared from the World</i> 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 <i>The Guest Cat</i> by Takashi Hiraide. Fans of <i>The Guest Cat</i> will also surely love <i>If Cats Disappeared from the World</i>.

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