The Rental Heart

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Title:  The Rental Heart
Author: Kirsty Logan
Genre: Science Fiction, short story
Year of Publication: 2010

Kirsty Logan is a Scottish award-winning author. Her literary works are published in magazines and anthologies all over the world and translated into both French, Japanese and Spanish. She has previously worked as a bookseller, and is now an editorial manager and freelance writer.

“The rental heart” is part of a book titled “The rental heart and other fairy tales”. The short stories in the book feature everything from clockwork hearts, lascivious queens to paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world. The book was received very well by critics and has been awarded a few literary prizes.


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Love is a universal theme, and there are countless literary works that deal with it. In this particular case, the author focuses on the feeling of being heartbroken because of ended relationships.

In this story, there is a solution to this emotional problem. One can simply rent another heart, a metallic clockwork heart. Each time a relationship ends, the protagonist returns the broken heart to the rental place and thus avoids dealing with the pain of losing someone


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