The interview with Kris Kosaka, one of the first given jointly by the co-founders in Tokyo, coincided with last month’s launch of Red Circle’s first book series: Red Circle Minis, a series of short captivating books by Japan’s finest contemporary writers that brings the narratives and voices of Japan together as never before.
The first three books in the series: Stand-In Companion by Kazufumi Shiraishi; Backlight by Kanji Hanawa; and Tokyo Performance by Roger Pulvers, which the London-based company describes as ‘original, short and compelling reads’, have been well received in Japan and further afield.
The Complete Review, writes in its recent review of Stand-In Companion that the Naoki prize-winning Shiraishi “adroitly spins his philosophical tale: he tells a good story well – complete with a satisfying further twist”.
And Michael Orthofer in his review, also for The Complete Review, writes that the universal issues and questions Hanawa, the master short story writer, addresses give Backlight, “the air of larger work, in substance if not detail”.
Orthofer writes, “at short novella-length, Backlight, is a quick story – but quite effective at raising interesting questions including about cultural and social differences and attitudes, and parental responsibilities”.
All three books published so far have also received positive feedback and comments by readers on social media, including Amazon and Goodreads where the series has been described as “brilliant ‘tasters’ that can be read and appreciated in a short time.”
Another enthusiastic reader described Backlight as “a short read that expands well beyond the limits of the pages, creating an atmosphere that is almost visceral and gives an almost cinematic feel to the story.”
Each book in the Red Circle Minis series is a first edition written specifically for the series and is being published in English first.
The Japan Times article was published online on Saturday 22 December and in the newspaper’s Sunday print edition on 23 December.
The full interview can be read here.
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