Fuminori Nakamura

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Fuminori Nakamura

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Fuminori Nakamura (1977–)  hails from Aichi Prefecture in central Japan. After college he supported himself with part-time jobs while setting his sights on becoming a writer. He cites Dostoevsky, Camus, and Kafka as his major influences. His literary debut came in 2002, when he won the Shincho Prize for New Writers for the novella (tr. The Gun, 2016); the work was also short-listed for the Akutagawa Prize. He garnered the Akutagawa in 2005 on his third nomination, for Tsuchi no naka no kodomo (Child in the Ground). In 2010 he received the Kenzaburō Ōe Prize for Suri (tr. The Thief, 2012); Ōe lauded the work, saying “In an era when deep layers of poverty, newly revealed, are raising great social concern, this author understands that fresh perspectives can and must be brought to bear.” With his frequent focus on characters who were born or driven into poverty, Nakamura casts a sharp light on often overlooked aspects of contemporary Japan. The English edition of The Thief won acclaim in 2013 when it became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was selected as one of the year’s ten best novels by the Wall Street Journal. An English edition of the author’s 2010 novel Aku to kamen no rūru (tr. Evil and the Mask) also appeared in 2013. In 2014 Nakamura was awarded the David L. Goodis Award for his contribution to noir fiction, becoming the first Japanese author to be so honored.
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Books by Fuminori Nakamura
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    Shield Me from the Light

    This novella is narrated by a young male university student whose live-in girlfriend dies suddenly. The student lost his own parents when he was young and, perhaps as a result of being passed from one set of foster parents to another, has grown up to be a …

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    The Thief

    This picaresque masterpiece has won wide acclaim in Japan, Asia, and the United States for its compelling realism, which delivers both thrills and food for thought. The thief of the title, who is also the narrator, is a professional pickpocket working in …

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    The Kingdom

    In this sequel to his highly acclaimed The Thief of 2009 (English translation, 2012), the author weaves a captivating tale of suspense, populated with high-class call girls and assassins and rife with political intrigue. Alive and well is Kizaki?the myste …

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    The Gun

    The title work, with which the author made his literary debut, opens with the arresting first line, "Yesterday, I bagged a gun." The narrator who delivers the line is Toru Nishikawa, a 21-year-old college student living in Tokyo. The night before, during …

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    The End of the World

    Author Fuminori Nakamura wrote this collection of five short stories prior to writing The Thief, which became a bestseller when it appeared in 2009. Nakamura's contemplative and experimental bent shows clearly in these stories about men who, burdened with …

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    Last Winter We Parted

    This mystery with philosophical undertones is distinguished by its cleverly devised perfect crime, and equally clever process of how the truth is brought to light. The story begins with the male narrator, an unnamed writer, visiting a prison to interview …

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    Cult X

    In this new novel, the acclaimed author of The Thief melds the distinctive madness of those who fall in thrall to religious cults with a continuing exploration of the psychology that leads to acts of evil?a constant theme in his works since he first arriv …

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    Overwriting Myself

    A thriller that cleverly interweaves criminal mischief and a tale of revenge to probe the role that memory plays in supporting a person’s sense of self. The protagonist is Ryōdai Kozuka, who has penned an autobiographical account that begins with the p …

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