Stand-In Companion

Stand-In Companion

3.87 (90 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.87 (90 ratings by Goodreads)
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Stand-In Companion, by the award-winning Japanese author Kazufumi Shiraishi, explores the struggle to find love, companionship and meaning in life. In any society, relationship dynamics are complex. And as Hayato, a Japanese industrial designer will discover in this clever and absorbing tale, this is even the case in a future world enriched by technology, AI and androids.

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 3.56mm | 54.43g
  • Red Circle
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912864002
  • 9781912864003
  • 439,122

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'Kazufumi Shiraishi is a unique writer. You can survey the contemporary literary scene in Japan, but I doubt you will readily find any author comparable to him.' The Mainichi Shimbun

'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
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90 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 32% (29)
4 32% (29)
3 27% (24)
2 8% (7)
1 1% (1)
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