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Publisher Description

"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.
An NPR Best Book of 2013

Fiction & Literature
January 29

Customer Reviews

Wheezer! ,

An interesting read, but not much closure

The stories were very thought provoking. I loved how they were subtly interwoven and a bit macabre. However, they never seemed to come full circle, so the lack of closure was a little unsatisfying.

DJ Wicked Will ,

Delightfully wicked and suspenseful!

I was steered toward Yoko Ogawa's, 'Revenge' from a blog list of highly recommended Japanese fiction writers to check out and was pleasantly surprised and delighted because this book is an absolute great read! Most of the stories are very dark, full of wonderful suspense, unexpected endings, and I totally loved how a minor character from an earlier story in the book figured either prominently in the next story or a single act made by a major character from an earlier tale was the basis of weaving a whole new tale of exacting revenge in the next following story, which makes for nothing short of splendid and great storytelling! The only disappointing note about this book was as I approached the end of the last story in 'Revenge', I felt so let down because I wanted more, but knew there was nothing more in splendid storytelling to follow. There should be a sequel written and soon or perhaps a great fan-fiction series of stories to follow.

Sue Macedonio ,

Very Strange!

I can't say I overly enjoyed it. It was a quick read, so I stayed with it. If you are looking for something different and a little strange, this is the book for you.

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