Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
Eleven Dark Tales

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The macabre is just the macabre. If clumsily handled, then it becomes something merely disgusting, but if deftly constructed and skilfully written, as in the case of Ogawa, then it can stimulate a genuine literary frisson. But clumsy or skilful, this commodity must be given in small doses...
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"It's not just Murakami but also the shadow of Borges that hovers over this mesmerizing book... [and] one may detect a slight bow to the American macabre of E.A. Poe. Ogawa stands on the shoulders of giants, as another saying goes. But this collection may linger in your mind -- it does in mine -- as a delicious, perplexing, absorbing and somehow singular experience." -- Alan Cheuse, NPR
Sinister forces collide---and unite a host of desperate characters---in this eerie cycle of interwoven tales from Yoko Ogawa, the critically acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.

An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon's jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon's neighbor---who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders---their fates converge in an ominous and darkly beautiful web.

Yoko Ogawa's Revenge is a master class in the macabre that will haunt you to the last page.

An NPR Best Book of 2013

 

About Yoko Ogawa

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Yoko Ogawa's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope. Since 1988 she has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by Picador. 174 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Feb 18 2013

Ogawa stands on the shoulders of giants, as another saying goes. But this collection may linger in your mind...as a delicious, perplexing, absorbing and somehow singular experience.

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The Economist

Good
on Jan 26 2013

...there is a steadying effect in her stories through repeating motifs—a classic technique of Japanese poetry.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Feb 15 2013

The macabre is just the macabre. If clumsily handled, then it becomes something merely disgusting, but if deftly constructed and skilfully written, as in the case of Ogawa, then it can stimulate a genuine literary frisson. But clumsy or skilful, this commodity must be given in small doses...

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