Is it possible that Japanese and English are so far apart that translators are creating entirely new works?

Amr’s heavy-metal love story is, at least on the surface, textbook: when she was sixteen, someone loaned her a Metallica CD and she never looked back. But this was in Egypt, in 2001, four years after security forces raided the homes of nearly a hundred metalheads, arresting them on spurious occult charges.

http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/03/an-unusual-heavy-metal-love-story.html