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 dedicate to causing 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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by Fuminori Nakamura
by Dean Hughes
by Alexandra Bracken
by Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
by Eric Dinerstein
"Kirby HeyborneÕs powerful performance conveys the sense of foreboding and spine-tingling electricity in award-winning Japanese novelist NakamuraÕs second novel. When he is 11 years old, Fumihiro KukiÕs father tells him he created him to be Òa cancer on the world." His father warns that on his fourteenth birthday he will do something so terrible to FumihiroÕs adopted sister, Kaori, that it will destroy FumihiroÕs faith in humankind and turn him into a depraved monster. As the boy plots and executes the perfect crime, HeyborneÕs pacing is spot-on, and his tone is just creepy enough to keep listeners riveted. Heyborne delivers each moment of the complex story with conviction, drawing listeners into FumihiroÕs lifelong attempts to free himself from his fatherÕs curse. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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