Review: From the Fatherland With Love by Ryu Murakami


A subversive thriller about a North Korean invasion of Japan is laced with black humour: A Larman in The Guardian

Ryu murakamiRyu, the “other” literary Murakami, is described on the front cover as “The Rolling Stones of Japanese literature”. On the evidence of his 2005 counter-factual novel, now published for the first time in the UK, he’s closer to John Lennon, in that his slyly subversive and witty take on Japanese-North Korean relations is written with an eye to commercial success despite its inherent cynicism, as it manages to maintain momentum over its near 700 pages.

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