A disturbing masterpiece of narrative invention and moving storytelling from one of Japan's most highly respected and bestselling writers.
A woman goes into a bakery to buy a strawberry cream tart. The place is immaculate but there is no one serving so she waits. Another customer comes in. The woman tells the new arrival that she is buying her son a treat for his birthday. Every year she buys him his favourite cake; even though he died in an accident when he was six years old.
From this beginning Yoko Ogawa weaves a dark and beautiful narrative that pulls together a seemingly disconnected cast of characters. In the tradition of classical Japanese poetic collections, the stories in Revenge are linked through recurring images and motifs, as each story follows on from the one before while simultaneously introducing new characters and themes. Filled with breathtaking images, Ogawa provides us with a slice of life that is resplendent in its chaos, enthralling in its passion and chilling in its cruelty.
“Odd, quirky and unusual, and sure to linger in the mind for days afterwards”
“Tightly constructed, these stories also pack a surprisingly emotional punch. A darkly moving, dazzling and intelligent book”
5 stars, Lady
“Across eleven dark tales, Ogawa has created an entire universe… Revenge is full of beautifully pitched short stories, with a depth that defies brevity, but it also pushed the boundaries of what a collection of short stories can be”