When N. Korea attacks, misfits are Japan’s only hope

Banks have failed, the yen has fallen and Japan’s economy has collapsed, leading to political turmoil. Its great ally, the United States, abandons it. Then comes the final straw: an attack by North Korean guerrillas posing as Korean tourists.

“From the Fatherland, With Love”, by veteran Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami, chronicles the political fumbling that is the Japanese government’s response and the eventual counterattack by a motley group of homeless, psychotic misfits using largely homemade weapons.

The book is written at least partly from the point of view of the North Koreans, echoing this year’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel: “The Orphan Master’s Son,” by Adam Johnson.

Murakami, 61, who has played in rock bands and dabbled in filmmaking, is often referred to as the “enfant terrible” of Japanese literature for the dark, satiric lens he turns on Japanese society. He spoke with Reuters about his book.

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