LoveStar by Andri Snær Magnason will be published in Japan November 21st. This is my third book published in Japan, but The Story of the Blue Planet and Dreamland have both been published.
Here is the cover illustration made by Wakako Katayama, a very different cover from the others. The cover design is by Kei Namito, the publisher is Tokyo Sogensha and the translator is Chiori Sada. Here you can find LoveStar and Dreamland in Japanese.
LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the skybecomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
Indridi and Sigrid, two blissfully happy young lovers, have their perfect worlds threatened (along with Indridi’s sanity) when they are “calculated apart” and are forced to go to extreme lengths to prove their love. Their journey ultimately puts them on a collision course with LoveStar, who is on his own mission to find what might become the last idea in the world.
“Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.”—Publishers Weekly
“The imaginative power of novels like LoveStar may serve as a wake-up call, if only we read and heed them.” Michael A. Morrison, University of Oklahoma, World Literature Today.