“The Thief” by Fuminori Nakamura: Pickpocketing, Fate and Existential Dread

On Art and Aesthetics

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates (2012, Soho Crime)

I have known for quite a while that there’s a strong current of “noir” narratives in contemporary Japanese literature (see a list on Goodreads). I thought of checking out this genre with the work of Fuminori Nakamura, seven of whose books are published in English by Soho Press (@soho_pressof New York (they specialise in award-winning international crime fiction). The novels in the catalogue are: The ThiefEvil and the Mask, The Gun, Last Winter We Parted, The Kingdom, The Boy in the Earth and Cult XNakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. He has won several prestigious literary prizes in Japan and lives in Tokyo with his wife. He rose to prominence internationally when he was awarded the 2010 Kenzaburō Ōe…

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