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The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story Is an Accident
by J. P. Cuenca
translated by Elizabeth Lowe
Tagus Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-1-933227-55-9 | Paper: 978-1-933227-54-2
Library of Congress Classification PQ9698.413.U46U6513 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 869.35

Set in Tokyo, in a not-too-distant future, this novel tells the story of Shunsuke, a salaryman, and his complicated relationship with his mad poet father, Mr. Okuda, whose hobby is spying on his son. When Shunsuke falls in love with Iulana, a maelstrom of jealousy is set in motion that culminates in abduction and death. In poetic and imaginative language, Cuenca subtly interweaves reality and fiction, creating a dreamlike world whose palpable characters, including a silicone doll, leave a lasting impression. Written like a crime novel, full of odd events and reminiscent of Haruki Murakami's work, this disturbing, kaleidoscopic story of voyeurism and perversion draws the reader in from the very first page.

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