Evil And The Mask

Evil And The Mask

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The second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in Englishtranslation, a follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed "The Thief "another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity and the powerful human instinct to resist evil.
When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. "Icreated you to be a cancer on the world," his father tells him. It is a tradition in their wealthy family: a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to cause misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family's resources, Fumihiro's life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father's mandate, and starts to resist."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 362 pages
  • 150 x 218 x 29.97mm | 524g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1616952121
  • 9781616952129
  • 1,091,390

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Praise for "The Thief"

"I was deeply impressed with The Thief. It is fresh."
─Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Prize-winning author of "A Personal Matter"

"[Nakamura] does for Japanese fiction what John Woo did for Chinese filmmaking:
bringing the darker side to an American audience."
─The Daily Beast"
""Nakamura's prose is cut-to-the-bone lean, but it moves across the page with a
seductive, even voluptuous agility."
─"Richmond Times-Dispatch""Disguised as fast-paced, shock-fueled crime fiction, "The Thief "resonates even
more as a treatise on contemporary disconnect and paralyzing isolation."
"Compulsively readable for its portrait of a dark, crumbling, graffiti-scarred
Tokyo─and the desire to understand the mysterious thief."
"Mystery/crime aficionados with exacting literary standards, as well as readers
familiar with already-established-in-translation Japanese writers ... will especially
enjoy discovering Nakamura."
─"BookDragon", blog of the Smithsonian Asian American program
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About Fuminori Nakamura

Fuminori Nakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Oe Prize, Japan s largest literary award, and the prestigious Akutagawa Prize."The Thief," his first novel to be translated into English, was a finalist for the"Los Angeles Times"Book Prize. He is the recipient of the David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction. He lives in Tokyo with his wife.
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