Harvill Secker, £10.99
Revenge, By Yoko Ogawa
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 15 March 2013
Always eerie, often erotic, full of living ghosts and uncanny visitations, Yoko Ogawa's terse and spooky fiction folds Japan's supernatural tradition into her idiosyncratic brand of Asian Gothic.
Translated by Stephen Snyder, these 11 linked tales, with images that repeat as in classical verse, offer a typically unsettling taster of her work.
From a chance meeting with a bereaved mother in a bakery to a children's concert that leads to a gory climax, the refined, even deadpan surfaces yield to dread and panic. Under cool, spare prose, monsters lurk.
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