Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales

Yoko Ogawa
“It's not just Murakami but also the shadow of Borges that hovers over this mesmerizing book… [and] one may detect a slight bow to the American macabre of E.A. Poe. Ogawa stands on the shoulders of giants, as another saying goes. But this collection may linger in your mind — it does in mine — as a delicious, perplexing, absorbing and somehow singular experience.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR Sinister forces collide---and unite a host of desperate characters---in this eerie cycle of interwoven tales from Yoko Ogawa, the critically acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon’s jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon’s neighbor---who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders---their fates converge in an ominous and darkly beautiful web.Yoko Ogawa’s Revenge is a master class in the macabre that will haunt you to the last page. 


Reviewed: 2019-09-01

These interwoven horror stories are haunting, desperate and eery as hell. The translation is smooth as silk - Stephen Snyder always does a beautiful job with Ogawa's words. You think it's just odd at the beginning, but by the time it's over, I dare you to try to erase these stories. Real characters - deeper than just scary, but true horror lurks within these pages. I love Yōko Ogawa, and this is one of my favorites from her. Not normally a great lover of collected short stories, she's amazed and horrified me for a long time. 

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