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Even after the world and humanity itself have been rendered nearly unrecognizable by genetic engineering, a day in the office can feel… Sisyphean.

The company stands atop a tiny deck supported by huge iron columns a hundred meters high. The boss there is its president—a large creature of unstable, shifting form once called “human.” The world of his dedicated worker contains
Paperback, 429 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Haikasoru
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Craig DiLouie
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Translated from Japanese by Daniel Huddleston, Dempow Torishima’s Sisyphean consists of a series of four novellas set in a grotesque but familiar universe. It’s a challenging, dense, and provocative read, and quite possibly a work of mad genius.

In “Sisyphean,” the first story, a worker emerges from a sleeping pod each day to work in an oppressive facility for the President, an amorphous creature once called human. Purpose-built for slavery, this genetic technician endures horrifying working cond
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It's... dense, confusing and quite impressive. I'm impressed by Torishima's imagination. On the surface it is often hard to understand what is going on and it is an investment of time and concentration to read it. It's slow going. But halfway through I start to understand more about the deeper cosmology of this strange world and about the themes that he addresses. I think it will take rereads to fully understand all the layers in this book.

My entire review here: Review of Sisyphean
Ian Mond
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve discovered that you don’t need to fully understand a story to appreciate, engage or love it. The four novellas that make-up Dempow Torishima’s mosaic novel Sisyphean aren’t, by any stretch, incomprehensible but if you quizzed me on how they all fit together, I’d struggle to provide any clarity.

My uncertainty is a direct result of the lack of exposition. As dense and detailed as the prose is, there’s a distinct lack of explanation of why any one thing, any one revelation is important. For ex
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sf
Sisyphean is the strangest, weirdest book I've read for many years, if ever. It's four seemingly separate stories set in the same far future universe, but vaguely linked by some of the beings and ideas, and definitely by the style of writing.

It's very dense, packed with biological terminology and many invented words, making it a slow read to be able to digest everything on each page. That said, it brimming with fantastic imagery, beings that were once human and now completely modified to be unre
Kevin Bampton
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Weird fiction at its best. Not going to be for everyone, but some amazing ideas.
Claudia Piña
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uno de mis libros favoritos de este año, es extraño y tiene elementos contrastantes que se combinan en una experiencia sorprendente e inesperada.
Cindy Smith
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: translation
I'm taking credit as read, but 319 pgs in, I just stopped from disinterest.

this is a series of interlinked short stories/novellas. some are definitely stronger than others.

I stink at grammar and I don't know if it was the translator or the author, but ...grammar.... right out the window. over use of pronouns made it difficult to follow; missing/misplaced/dangling or whatever it's called all over the place: "Explaining that it was required by regulation, he snapped a set of handcuffs that were at
Remigijus Jodelis
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is not just weird, it's weirdness squared. But it makes one of the most memorable novels I've read this year.
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Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this. Got bored.
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I always say I like books with strange ideas and writing styles. Sisyphean may be overqualified in this regard. It's very weird and rather unsettling for pretty much the entire book. I also can't explain the plot very well as I'm still puzzled by it. However I did like it maybe because of just how different it is from anything else I've ever read.

There are elements that I believe would be classed as body horror so if you're not a fan of that be warned.
Jeff Daly
Jan 01, 2019 is currently reading it
Bought on vacation in Amsterdam.

started: 2018-07-30.Jul.Mon 11:01:37
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