My Annihilation by Fuminori Nakamura

Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date:
13/01/2022
Length: 257 pages
Genre:
Japanese Fiction | Translated Fiction | Psychological Horror | Mystery | Thriller

CW: n/a

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What transforms a person into a killer? Can it be something as small as a suggestion?

Turn this page, and you may forfeit your entire life.

With My Annihilation, Fuminori Nakamura, master of literary noir, has constructed a puzzle box of a narrative in the form of a confessional diary that implicates its reader in a heinous crime.

Delving relentlessly into the darkest corners of human consciousness, My Annihilation interrogates the unspeakable thoughts all humans share that can be monstrous when brought to life, revealing with disturbing honesty the psychological motives of a killer.

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Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata

Firstly, a huge thank you to Granta and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Granta
Publication Date:
14/07/2022
Length: 266 pages
Genre:
Japanese Fiction | Translated Fiction | Short Stories | Horror | Contemporary Fiction

CW: n/a

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An engaged couple falls out over the husband’s dislike of clothes and objects made from human materials; a young girl finds herself deeply enamoured with the curtain in her childhood bedroom; people honour their dead by eating them and then procreating. Published in English for the first time, this exclusive edition also includes the story that first brought Sayaka Murata international acclaim: ‘A Clean Marriage’, which tells the story of a happily asexual couple who must submit to some radical medical procedures if they are to conceive a longed-for child.

Mixing taboo-breaking body horror with feminist revenge fables, old ladies who love each other and young women finding empathy and transformation in unlikely places, Life Ceremony is a wild ride to the outer edges of one of the most original minds in contemporary fiction.

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Violets by Kyung-Sook Shin

Firstly, a huge thank you to W&N for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: W&N
Publication Date:
14/04/2022
Length: 218 pages
Genre:
Translated Fiction | Korean Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

CW: n/a

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We join San in 1970s rural South Korea, a young girl ostracised from her community. She meets a girl called Namae, and they become friends until one afternoon changes everything. Following a moment of physical intimacy in a minari field, Namae violently rejects San, setting her on a troubling path of quashed desire and isolation.

We next meet San, aged twenty-two, as she starts a job in a flower shop. There, we are introduced to a colourful cast of characters, including the shop’s mute owner, the other florist Su-ae, and the customers that include a sexually aggressive businessman and a photographer, who San develops an obsession for. Throughout, San’s moment with Namae lingers in the back of her mind.

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The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura

Firstly, a huge thank you to Faber & Faber and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date:
03/06/2021
Length: 224 pages
Genre:
Translated Fiction | Japanese Fiction | Thriller

CW: mentions of stalking, mentions of abuse

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The Woman in the Purple Skirt is being watched. Someone is following her, always perched just out of sight, monitoring which buses she takes; what she eats; whom she speaks to. But this invisible observer isn’t a stalker – it’s much more complicated than that.

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Odin’s Child by Siri Pettersen

Firstly, a huge thank you to Arctis and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Arctis
Publication Date:
23/03/2021
Length: 519 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Mythology

CW: suicide, sexual assault, abelism, murder, graphic violence

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“Imagine lacking something that everyone else has. Something that proves you belong to this world. Something so vital, that without it, you are nothing. A plague. A myth. A human.”

Fifteen winters old, Hirka learns that she is an Odin’s child – a tailless rot from another world. Despised. Dreaded. And hunted. She no longer knows who she is, and someone wants to kill her to keep it a secret. But there are worse things than humans, and Hirka is not the only creature to have broken through the gates…

‘Odin’s Child’ is unique fantasy with Norse roots. An epic clash of xenophobia, blind faith and the right or will to lead.

The first in a trilogy, Odin’s Child is a thrilling modern fantasy epic.

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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez

Publisher: Granta Books
Publication Date:
01/04/2021
Length: 187 pages
Genre:
Horror | Translated Fiction | Short Stories

CW: graphic body horror, graphic body mutilation, self harm, suicide ideation, cannibalism, sexual assault, child abuse, child death, paedophilia, brief homophobic language, brief transphobic language, brief racist language, drug use

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Welcome to Buenos Aires, a city thrumming with murderous intentions and morbid desires, where missing children come back from the dead and unearthed bones carry terrible curses. These brilliant, unsettling tales of revenge, witchcraft, fetishes, disappearances and urban madness spill over with women and girls whose dark inclinations will lead them over the edge. 

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