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By Fuminori Nakamura,Allison Markin Powell

A darkly melancholic story that mixes Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Camus’ The Fall set in Tokyo—Nakamura’s Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, certainly one of Japan’s so much prestigious literary awards, is the right here translated into English for the 1st time and marks one other high-water mark during this vital writer’s career. 

The Akutagawa Prize-Winning Novel

As an unnamed Tokyo taxi motive force works an evening shift, deciding on up fares that supply him glimpses into the lives of normal humans, he can’t get away his personal nihilistic options. virtually with out aspiring to, he places himself in harm’s manner; he can’t cease having a pipe dream of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth in obsessive fantasies that quickly develop into terrifying blackout episodes. the fact is, his longestranged father has attempted to arrive out to him, triggering a cascade of hectic thoughts. because the cab motive force wrestles with the reality approximately his prior and the background of violence in his formative years, he also needs to confront his current, that's no simpler or grim.

A precursor to Los Angeles Times e-book Prize finalist The Thief, The Boy within the Earth is a heavily instructed personality research that poses a tough query: Are a few lives so broken they're past redemption? Is each baby worthy attempting to store? A poignant and thought-provoking journey de strength via one in every of Japan’s top literary voices.

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