Vertical, Hardcover, 9781932234237, 280pp.
Publication Date: September 26, 2006
"From the unique imagination of the author of the "Ring" trilogy, which inspired blockbuster films on both sides of the Pacific, comes an unconventional love story that finds the Japanese master delivering a pure page-turner outside the horror genre. Comprising three distinct parts each of which is a tale of adventure, "Paradise" demonstrates that the sinister poet of humidity who made use of wetness to raise chills in "Dark Water" is just as much in his element plotting adrenalin-fueled searches across the desert.
In the arid badlands of prehistoric Asia, a lovelorn youth violates a sacred tribal taboo against representing human figures by etching an image of his beloved. When the foretold punishment comes to pass, the two must embark on a journey across the world, and time itself, to try to reclaim their destiny. A mysterious spirit guides them towards a surprise destination that readers may indeed find quite close to home.
Published a year before "Ring," "Paradise" was Koji Suzuki's groundbreaking first novel that launched his career as a fiction writer. Winner of the Japan Fantasy Award, it was immediately made into an animated TV series. Filled with exotic locales, betrayal, action, romance, and ideas, "Paradise" should delight fans of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" as well as devotees of the non-horror fare of Stephen King, to whom Suzuki is frequently compared.
The father of two daughters, Suzuki is a respected authority on childrearing and has written numerous works on the subject. He acquired his expertise when he was a struggling writer and househusband. Suzuki also has translated a children's book into Japanese, "The Little Sod Diaries "by the crime novelist Simon Brett.
"Paradise "is Suzuki's fifth novel to appear in English. His current work in progress is "Edge City," a novel of quantum horror. He is based in Tokyo but loves to travel, often in the United States.
Praise from PETER STRAUB, author of In the Night Room
“This first novel by Koji Suzuki, who went on to reinvent contemporary horror in the classic Ring trilogy, gleams with imaginative power. A love story refracted through time, Paradise pretty much made time disappear while I read it–one whole Saturday flew past. What a pleasure, and what a wonderful writer.”