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Soji Shimada, one of Japan’s most famed mystery novelists and author of “The Tokyo Zodiac Murders,” is blossoming in translation. In 2019, Pushkin Press published “Murder in the Crooked House,” and this August, Red Circle published “One Love Chigusa” (translated by David Warren), a psychological novella that probes deep into both the not-so-distant future and the human heart.

Set in the year 2091, Xie Hoyu is pieced back together with biomechanical prosthetics after a near-death motorcycle accident tears his body to bits. After his surgery, his world is no longer the same: He sees strange numbers and figures composing the bodies of men, and women appear as red-faced demons. Only one woman, Chigusa, appears normal to him, and Xie falls hopelessly in love.

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