“Loriga’s gorgeous, enigmatic new novel . . . could be described in terms of its premise . . . but such a description cheats the prospective reader, because the true genius of Loriga’s book, beautifully translated by John King, is how its shape takes inspiration from its story. Its premise is an occasion for art. . . . Brilliantly marrying style and story.” Andrew Sean Greer, Washington Post Book World
Tokyo Doesn't Love Us Anymore
978-0-8021-4147-7 • $12.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2004
A cult figure in Europe and Spain’s hottest talent, Ray Loriga has been “hailed as the voice of a new generation” (Daily Telegraph), impressing the literary world with each new work of his innovative fiction
With his intense new novel Tokyo Doesn’t Love Us Anymore, Loriga lays bare the world we live in, the drug culture that surrounds us, the nature of forgetfulness, and the implacable tyranny of emotions.
Set in the very near future, it is the story of a traveling salesman floating from arid Arizona parking lots to steamy Bangkok bars to peddle the hottest new commodity for a group known only as The Company. What he has is a drug that erases memory. You can choose your oblivion, be it one mistake or a lifetime of pain, but things become hazy when our hero begins sampling the goods and reaches the point where he can’t even remember what it is he cannot remember.
A pitch-perfect mood piece for our times, quickened with his graceful and hypnotic prose, Loriga is tackling nothing less than the question of what it means to be human when everything, including human identity, can be bought. This is a novel as compelling as they come from a writer who is not to be forgotten.