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The boy in the earth

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2017
"Winner of the Akutagawa Prize, Japan's most prestigious literary award. An unnamed Tokyo taxi driver has experienced a rupture from his everyday life. As he picks up fares that take him through Tokyo's night streets, offering him glimpses into the lives of his passengers, he can't escape his own nihilistic thoughts. Almost without meaning to, he puts himself in harm's way; he can't stop daydreaming of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth in what soon become terrifying blackout episodes. The truth is, his long-estranged father has tried to reach out to him, triggering a cascade of traumatized memories. As the cab driver wrestles with the grim truth about his past, the history of violence in his childhood among foster families and orphanages, he also confronts his real-world responsibilities -- his troubled girlfriend's blossoming alcoholism and unhappiness over her own sad past. The Boy in the Earth is a closely told character study that poses a difficult question: are some lives so damaged they are beyond redemption? Is every child worth trying to save--or are some too ruined by their abusers to ever function in society? A poignant and thought-provoking tour de force"-- Provided by publisher.

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Genre: Psychological fiction.

Other Authors: Powell, Allison Markin, translator.

ISBN:

  • 9781616955946
  • 1616955945

Description: 147 pages ; 22 cm

Other Title: Tsuchi no naka no kodomo. English

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Sallis, James, 1944- — Fuminori Nakamura and James Sallis write literary noir crime novels with alienated lead characters. Their dark, violent books show the dark underbelly of their societies. The well developed characters are dysfunctional and trapped by their inability to change. The stories are fast paced, gritty, and very violent. -- Merle Jacob
Price, Richard, 1949- — These authors' works are Atmospheric and Gritty, and they share: the genres 'Crime fiction' and 'Literary fiction' and the subjects 'Thieves' and 'Murder'.
Peace, David — These authors' works are Disturbing, Compelling, and Gritty, and they share: the genres 'Thrillers and suspense' and 'Literary fiction' and the subject 'Japan'.
Davies, Adam — These authors' works share: the genres 'Crime fiction' and 'Literary fiction' and the subjects 'Thieves' and 'Secrets'.
Ferguson, Will — These authors' works share: the genres 'Thrillers and suspense' and 'Literary fiction' and the subject 'Japan'.
Anderson, Edward, 1905-1969 — These authors' works share: the genres 'Crime fiction' and 'Literary fiction' and the subject 'Thieves'.

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