For Haruki Murakami fans who enjoy his unique blend of the dark and bizarre, Yoko Ogawa is definitely an author you’ll want to check out. Revenge, a collection of eleven of her short stories, reveals that this is a genre of Japanese literature that will grab you with its claws and suck you in.
A young nurse in love with a brilliant surgeon threatens to kill him if he does not leave his wife. A writer living in a strange apartment block learns that the landlady is a murderer. In the most moving tale of the collection, a woman with the unique condition that her heart is on the outside of her body needs a special bag to contain and protect it; a unique bag tailor must create the perfect vessel for it and becomes obsessed with the project.
Each of the stories in this collection becomes linked with the next, whether through a minor detail, a character, or a related event, stringing the collection together into a beautiful and dark web. While a short read, readers will nevertheless be spirited away with these creepy, unforgettable tales.
Originally written on December 4, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.
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