Kenji Yamada has a critical wife, a hated mother-in-law and what he thinks is a job for life until his fortieth birthday teaches him otherwise. Initially too embarassed to tell his family that he has been fired, Kenji first befriends a travelling salesman with a passion for Elvis before taking up gambling, but his wife's outrage soon brings an end to this and sends him on a roller-coaster of misadventures.
Via a bizarre chain of happenstance - including being struck by lightning while wielding a golf club - Kenji somehow finds himself responsible for a weirdly believable game show...
Fiona Campbell's novel is a sparkling debut with graphic-novel sharpness, humour and poignancy.
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"This is an absolutely brilliant first novel" (Kate Saunders The Times)
"Fiona Campbell's comic caper is an entertaining overview of Japanese society's collision with the worst excesses of western culture" (Catherine Taylor Guardian)
"Kenji is the kind of luckless dreamer it's hard not to root for" (Hepzibah Anderson Observer)
"An enjoyably sentimental journey of self-discovery, the novel betrays no hint of dislocation between author and subject matter" ( Financial Times)
Imagine the literary lovechild of Marina Lewycka and Murakami and you get close to Death of a Salaryman ,a sparkling debut with graphic-novel sharpness, humour and poignancy, set in contemporary Japan.
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