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Yoko Ogawa

Yoko Ogawa(1962- )
Yoko Ogawa is a Japanese novelist, born in Okayama prefecture in 1962. She won one of the most important prize in 1988 with her debut novel, “Agehachou ga kowareru toki (When the swallowtail breaks)” and since then she became one of the leading novelist in Japan.
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Revenge: Like eating poisoned chocolates

Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa

[In our Edge of the Universe column, we review mainstream authors that incorporate elements of speculative fiction into their “literary” work. However you want to label them, we hope you’ll enjoy discussing these books with us.]

We get precious little science fiction, fantasy and horror in translation, which means most of our reading is Eurocentric and a lot of it, though enjoyable, is anything but challenging. That’s why, when I saw Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales, Yoko Ogawa’s book of linked, strange stories, on my library shelf I snatched it up. And I’m glad I did, because these stories are odd, elegant and exciting.

The book begins with “Afternoon at the Bakery,” which starts prosaically enough with a description of a beautiful Sunday in a park, complete with a man twisting balloon... Read More