A love story with a twist, Stand-In Companion is a touching and powerful exploration of infertility and relationships. Hayato and his wife, Yutori, face deeply human challenges in a world where science has solved almost every problem.
A clever, absorbing and profoundly modern tale from one of Japan's best and most insightful storytellers.
Red Circle Minis: Original, Short and Compelling Reads
Stand-In Companion is part of Red Circle Minis, a series of short captivating books by Japan's finest contemporary writers that brings the narratives and voices of Japan together as never before. Each book is a first edition written specifically for the series and is being published in English first.
- Paperback | 58 pages
- 108 x 178 x 3.56mm | 54.43g
- 23 Nov 2018
- Red Circle Authors Limited
- Red Circle
- United Kingdom
Other books in this series
'Shiraishi adroitly spins his philosophical tale: he tells a good story well -- complete with a satisfying further twist.' The Complete Review
'a futuristic love story in which the boundaries between the human and AI are blurred to the extent that it's impossible to tell whether we are reading the narrative of a human or a robot.' TLS
'Stand-in Companion is a really compelling and cleverly constructed story that echoes the writings of Yoko Tadawa and Tomoyuki Hoshino, a great introduction to the Red Circle Minis series, very much worth tracking down a copy.' Lines from the Horizon
'Androids, infertility and ethics collide in Kazufumi Shiraishi's dystopian Stand-in Companion.' The Japan Times
'The thought of new ethics and morals set in the future world dominated by technology is as intriguing as this novella with tightly packed surprises. One of the Red Circle Minis, Stand-in Companion is a meditative exploration on human love and relation set in the future world.' World Translations Review
'Kazufumi Shiraishi is an ingenious author who writes with real flair and insight. This is a love story with a difference; one that will resonate with the reader in a thoroughly thought-provoking manner.' Alex Pearl, author of Sleeping with the Blackbirds
'Kazufumi Shiraishi explores concepts of love, identity and place and the "why" of human existence.' RT
'Exceptionally well done...It's the most satisfying novel I've read in quite some time.' The Complete Review commenting on The Part of Me That Isn't Broken Inside by Kazufumi Shiraishi