Revenge

Revenge

4.01 (16,291 ratings by Goodreads)
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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 127g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780099553939
  • 67,236

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Fittingly, each tale seems to be its own torture chamber--dark and meticulous… More disturbing than the bloody imagery is the eerie calm with which each plot unfolds, as if one act of violence must necessarily transform into the portal for another
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Ogawa is original, elegant, very disturbing -- Hilary Mantel A conspicuously gifted writer...To read Ogawa is to enter a dreamlike state tinged with a nightmare, and her stories continue to haunt. She possesses an effortless, glassy, eerie brilliance. * Guardian * [Revenge] Erupts into the ordinary world as if from the unconscious or the grave.... A haunting introduction to her work... the overall effect is [that of] David Lynch: the rot that lurks beneath the surface * Economist * Fittingly, each tale seems to be its own torture chamber--dark and meticulous... More disturbing than the bloody imagery is the eerie calm with which each plot unfolds, as if one act of violence must necessarily transform into the portal for another * New Yorker * Magnificently macabre... Ogawa is the Japanese master of dread... These tales are not for the faint of heart, but Ms. Ogawa is more "Masque of the Red Death" than she is The Ring. She elevates herself above any limitations of the genre she's working in * New York Observer *
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About Yoko Ogawa

Yoko Ogawa has won every major Japanese literary award including the Akutagawa and the Tanizaki Prizes. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope. Her works include The Diving Pool, a collection of three novellas, The Housekeeper and the Professor and Hotel Iris.
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4 43% (6,957)
3 21% (3,363)
2 4% (664)
1 1% (112)
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