Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura

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Karma runs thicker than blood in "Evil and the Mask," the thought-provoking and unpredictable new novel by the Japanese zen-noir master Fuminori Nakamura.
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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.
 
When 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 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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About Fuminori Nakamura

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Fuminori Nakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. In 2002, he won the prestigious Noma Literary Prize for New Writers for his first novel, A Gun, and in 2005 he won the Akutagawa prize for The Boy in the Earth. The Thief, winner of the 2010 Oe Prize, Japan's most important literary award, is his first novel to be published in English.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Soho Crime. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Jun 07 2013

Karma runs thicker than blood in "Evil and the Mask," the thought-provoking and unpredictable new novel by the Japanese zen-noir master Fuminori Nakamura.

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on Jun 17 2013

A spare, fast-moving parable whose lure...is more philosophical and abstract than visceral.

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