On Sale: April 25, 2017
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Mystery | Suspense
A darkly melancholic tale that combines Scorseseâ€™s
Taxi Driver and Camusâ€™ The Fall set in
Tokyoâ€”Nakamuraâ€™s Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, one of
Japanâ€™s most prestigious literary awards, is the here
translated into English for the first time and marks another
high-water mark in this important writerâ€™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 canâ€™t escape his own nihilistic thoughts. Almost
without meaning to, he puts himself in harmâ€™s way; he canâ€™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 Japanâ€™s leading literary voices.
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