On Sale: June 11, 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
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The second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori
Nakamura to be available in English translation, 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.
Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic
father calls him into his study for a meeting.
"I created 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 dedicate to causing 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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