Magazine article New Internationalist

Lonely Hearts Killer

Magazine article New Internationalist

Lonely Hearts Killer

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Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino translated by Adrienne Carey Hurley (PM Press, ISBN 9781604860849)

This intriguing novel is the first of Japanese author Tomoyuki Hoshino's works to be translated into English. Although obviously set in Japan, the setting is only referred to as 'The Island Country' and the time is equally opaque. In three sections, each with a different first-person narrator, we learn of the events following the sudden death of a young and popular emperor. A nation in shock is further traumatized to discover that the only possible successor is the dead emperor's sister, an unprepossessing middleaged woman who had previously shunned the limelight and who seems reluctant to shoulder the burden of becoming 'Her New Majesty'.

While a deeply conservative country struggles to adjust to a changed reality, strange and disturbing events begin to manifest themselves. …

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