A disturbing masterpiece of narrative invention and moving storytelling from one of Japan's most highly respected writers.
Trade Paperback$29.95 RRPISBN: 9781846555022Published: 01/02/2013Imprint: Harvill SeckerExtent: 176 pages
Hardback$120.00 RRPISBN: 9781846557620Published: 15/02/2013Imprint: Harvill SeckerExtent: 176 pages
EBookCHECK RETAILER PRICEISBN: 9781446485002Published: 31/01/2013Imprint: Vintage DigitalExtent: 176 pages
A woman goes into a bakery to buy a strawberry and cream tart. The place is immaculate but there is no one serving. She waits. Another customer comes in. The woman tells the new arrival that she is buying a cake for her son's birthday. It's his favourite. But he died twelve years ago. Nevertheless, every year, on his birthday, she still buys him a cake.
From this beginning Yoko Ogawa weaves a dark and beautiful narrative that pulls together an unlikely ensemble cast, all of whom are affected by dramatic events that change their lives. In Revenge Yoko Ogawa uses her stunning imaginative powers to take us deep into a recognisable yet strangely unfamiliar world that leaves the reader both moved and disturbed.
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I can’t resist the urge to talk about this incredible novel even though it doesn’t release in English until May. HHhH won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman in 2010. Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature describes it as, ‘Magnificent … unsurpassable … told with grace and elegance … exerts a hypnotic sway over the reader...
by Random House Australia on 17 February 2011
Yoko Ogawa’s novel in the running for Asia’s leading literary award.
"Ogawa is original, elegant, very disturbing. I admire any writer who dares to work on this uneasy territory--we're on the edge of the unspeakable. The stories seem to penetrate right to the heart of the world and find it a cold and eerie place. There are no narrative tricks, but the stories generate a surprising amount of tension. You feel as if you've touched an icy hand" - Hilary Mantel
"Yoko Ogawa is able to give expression to the most subtle workings of human psychology in prose that is gentle yet penetrating" - Kenzaburo Oe
"Highly original" - Paul Auster