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I think the genre would be best described as magical realism
on 30 April 2017
Written in first person, the narrator switches between different locations from chapter to chapter. We get the idea that one of these locations is not in our world, although it is called "The End of the World". We learn more about the origin of this strange walled town as the story progresses.
I didn't realise until I finished, but nobody in the story has a name, or at least no one is referred to by name. They are always "Grandfather", "son", the librarian, the old man, the colonel, the chubby young woman. I suspect this is to reinforce our narrator's lack of sense of self, everyone is referred to by their role or appearance, everyone is surface.
I think the genre would be best described as magical realism, and a surreal thread winds its way through the entire book.