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Idol, Burning (Paperback)
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Idol, Burning (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages
Published: 03/11/2022
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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE 2020 AKUTAGAWA PRIZE

'My oshi was on fire. Word was he'd punched a fan'

High-school student Akari has only one passion in her life: her oshi, her idol. His name is Masaki Ueno, best known as one-fifth of Japanese pop group Maza Maza.

Akari's dedication to her oshi consumes her days completely. She keeps a blog entirely devoted to him, religiously chronicling and analysing all his events. He is the spine of her life; she cannot survive without him. When Masaki is rumoured to have assaulted a female fan, facing waves of social media backlash, Akari's world falls apart.

Offering a vivid insight into otaku culture and adolescence, Idol, Burning is a brilliantly gripping story of obsession, coming of age and the addictive, relentless nature of fandom culture.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781838856120
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 147 g
Dimensions: 214 x 135 x 10 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Usami so successfully depicts the consequences of pure obsession - Guardian

[Idol, Burning] cracked a door open into an intense world of obsession . . . essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what it is like to be a teenage girl, where priorities are skewed, emotions are high, and everything feels like it's life or death - CATHERINE PRASIFKA

A vivid depiction of the joys and despairs of teenage fan culture, Idol, Burning is urgent and all-consuming . . . In this passionate and compassionate novel, the voice of teenage desperation sings out - KATIE HALE

A short but mighty novel that sheds a light on the world of superfans, obsession and the dangers of building your identity around a phenomenon that can disappear in a second . . . Usami's novel lifts the lid on the unique world of fandom and 'stan' culture in Japan - The Skinny

Compelling and unsettling in equal measure, Idol, Burning is a pitch-perfect insight into how confusing and exhausting modern life can feel to young women today. - Buzz Magazine

Idol, Burning is a window into the world of teenage obsession and the dark places it can venture to . . . This is like nothing else I've read - Red

Praise for Rin Usami: Pure brilliance - TOSHIYUKI HORIE, author of THE BEAR AND THE PAVING STONE

Poignant - YOKO OGAWA, author of THE MEMORY POLICE

[Usami's] writing is extremely fresh and she has high literary ability - Akutagawa Prize Judges

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Emily M at Manchester Arndale

“An interesting narrative on fandom culture!”

Interesting writing about obsession and fandom culture but I expected more, and unfortunately needed more to be fully satisfied by this immensely short read. It very accurately portrays the all-encompassing emotions,... More

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Helpful? Upvote 14

“Idol, Burning. A heart on fire.”

Asaki is a young women with an 'oshi' - that is, she has chosen a J-Pop idol to whom she devotes everything. Her time, her attention, her money, her life.

I myself spent a few years dabbling in fandom - I... More

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Helpful? Upvote 14

“really good”

As someone that is a fangirl from a young age and that has a massive interest in fandom, I enjoyed this one more than I thought.

As in j-pop and k-pop, idol and fandom culture is different from the west, I find it... More

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