LIV, which will be launched at the event by Balestier Press and Roger Pulvers, is a historical mystery set in Australia in 1975 and Tokyo in 1945.
At the launch event Pulvers will speak about LIV, as well as his novel, Star Sand (Hoshizuna Monogatari), which was first published in Japanese by Kodansha Japan’s largest publisher, and subsequently published in English and French.
A film adaptation of Star Sand was recently released in Japan, staring Lisa Oda and Shinnosuke Mitsushima. Extracts from the film, the first full-length feature film to be directed by Pulvers, will also be shown.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation was set up in 1988 following a donation from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Daiwa Foundation Japan House, a Georgian town house designed by Decimus Burton overlooking Regent’s Park in central London, has since become a key location for Japan-related cultural and literary events in London. The Foundation supports and encourages closer links between Britain and Japan.
Balestier Press, headquartered in London with offices in Singapore, publishes “the best and most original voices in Contemporary World Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences”.
The Press has a strong Asian focus and has published leading Japanese and Chinese authors in translation including: Riku And the Kingdom of White by Red Circle author Randy Taguchi in September 2016 and the award winning Young Adult novel The Ventriloquist’s Daughter by Lin Man-Chui in 2017.
The book launch will start at 6.00 p.m. and information on attendance is available here.
Live Grimstad is riding on a suburban train in Sydney, Australia in 1975 when she takes notice of the old man sitting opposite her. Though his features are different, she recognizes that man by the piercing look in his cornflower-blue eyes.
She is convinced it is Donald Meissner, the man who has haunted her memory since they both worked at the German Embassy in Tokyo during the war. He was the beast who tormented and persecuted people, sending them into the hands of the Japanese Military Police.
She does not confront him at first but rather sets out on a journey of detective work to uncover this man. She is convinced he is posing as Donald Miles who somehow escaped retribution after the war. Her journey involves his wife, daughter and granddaughter, among others.
With flashbacks to wartime Tokyo that tell a tender love story between Liv and her German fiancé Martin (one of Meissner’s victims), LIV is a novel that probes the theme: How can one confront evil without becoming evil oneself?
It is not until the end that we learn the truth about these two people – “Donald Miles” and Liv Bang (her real name) – and how the fates of all of us, however good or bad, are bound together.
LIV is a personal detective story and thrilling historical mystery set in Australia in 1975 and Tokyo in 1945. But it tells a universal tale about how the past bears on our present … and future.
- About Red Circle:Red Circle Authors Limited is a specialist publishing and communications company that conducts bespoke projects on behalf of a carefully selected and curated group of leading Japanese authors. Red Circle showcases Japan’s best creative writing. For more information on Red Circle, Japanese literature, and Red Circle authors please visit: www.redcircleauthors.com.