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The Boy in the Earth by Fuminori Nakamura

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Also by Fuminori Nakamura:

Cult X, April 2019
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
Cult X, June 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
The Boy in the Earth, May 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
The Kingdom, July 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
The Gun, January 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
Evil And The Mask, June 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
The Thief, March 2012
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The Boy in the Earth
Fuminori Nakamura

Soho Crime
May 2017
On Sale: April 25, 2017
160 pages
ISBN: 1616955945
EAN: 9781616955946
Kindle: B01JEJFCQY
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Mystery | Suspense

A darkly melancholic tale that combines Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Camus’ The Fall set in Tokyo—Nakamura’s Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, one of Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, is the here translated into English for the first time and marks another high-water mark in this important writer’s career.

The Akutagawa Prize-Winning Novel

As an unnamed Tokyo taxi driver works a night shift, picking up fares that offer him glimpses into the lives of ordinary people, he can’t escape his own nihilistic thoughts. Almost without meaning to, he puts himself in harm’s way; he can’t stop daydreaming of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth in obsessive fantasies that soon become terrifying blackout episodes. The truth is, his longestranged father has tried to reach out to him, triggering a cascade of traumatic memories. As the cab driver wrestles with the truth about his past and the history of violence in his childhood, he must also confront his present, which is no less complicated or grim.

A precursor to Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist The Thief, The Boy in the Earth is a closely told character study that poses a difficult question: Are some lives so damaged they are beyond redemption? Is every child worth trying to save? A poignant and thought-provoking tour de force by one of Japan’s leading literary voices.

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