The tedium and terror of work in a humdrum Japanese company office is depicted in meticulous detail in Emi yagi’s debut novel Diary of a Void. Photo: Getty Images
The tedium and terror of work in a humdrum Japanese company office is depicted in meticulous detail in Emi yagi’s debut novel Diary of a Void. Photo: Getty Images

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A humdrum office worker longs for the unknowable, so pretends she is pregnant, in Emi Yagi’s keenly observed debut novel Diary of a Void

  • In Emi Yagi’s debut novel, her protagonist pretends to be pregnant to get out of menial tasks at work, a male-dominated place where she is the eternal underling
  • What follows is a keenly observed dissection of everyday tedium and terror – reminiscent of TV’s The Office. Ultimately, it’s a story of loneliness

The tedium and terror of work in a humdrum Japanese company office is depicted in meticulous detail in Emi yagi’s debut novel Diary of a Void. Photo: Getty Images
The tedium and terror of work in a humdrum Japanese company office is depicted in meticulous detail in Emi yagi’s debut novel Diary of a Void. Photo: Getty Images
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