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About the Author
Yoko Ogawa's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope. Since 1988 she has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award. Her books include The Housekeeper and the Professor, Revenge, and The Diving Pool.
Stephen Snyder teaches Japanese literature at Middlebury College. His translations include works by Kzaburo Oe, Ryu Murakami, Natsuo Kirino, and Miri Yu.
"Yoko Ogawa is able to give expression to the most subtle workings of human psychology in prose that is gentle yet penetrating." --Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Prize-winning author of A Personal Matter
"Three beautifully-drawn and genuinely eerie stories. Each one builds an image that you can't quite shake out of your mind." --Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
"What a strange and compelling little volume this is. Yoko Ogawa's fiction is like a subtle, psychoactive drug. Long after you read it, The Diving Pool will remain with you, shifting your vision, eroding your composure, raising questions about even the most seemingly conventional people you encounter. Her gift is to both reveal and preserve the mystery of human nature." --Kathryn Harrison, bestselling author of The Kiss
"Ogawa is original, elegant, very disturbing. I admire any writer who dares to work on this uneasy territory--we're on the edge of the unspeakable. The stories seem to penetrate right to the heart of the world and find it a cold and eerie place. There are no narrative tricks, but the stories generate a surprising amount of tension. You feel as if you've touched an icy hand." --Hilary Mantel, author of The Wolf Hall