The Gun (Hardcover)

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Enter the dark, twisted world of one of Japan's most renowned young authors, his prize-winning debut translated into English for the first time. When a disillusioned student stumbles upon a dead body one rainy night, he cannot resist taking the gun it its hand. Thus begins a descent into obsession and an irresistable desire to see what happens when it's fired. A disturbingly timely literary noir.

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A Tokyo college student's discovery and eventual obsession with a stolen handgun awakens something dark inside him.

On a nighttime walk along a Tokyo riverbank, a young man named Nishikawa stumbles on a dead body, beside which lies a gun. From the moment Nishikawa decides to take the gun, the world around him blurs. Knowing he possesses the weapon brings an intoxicating sense of purpose to his dull university life. But soon Nishikawa's personal entanglements become unexpectedly complicated: he finds himself romantically involved with two women while his biological father, whom he's never met, lies dying in a hospital. Through it all, he can't stop thinking about the gun--and the four bullets loaded in its chamber. As he spirals into obsession, his focus is consumed by one idea: that possessing the gun is no longer enough--he must fire it.

About the Author

Fuminori Nakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Ōe Prize, Japan's largest literary award; the David L. Goodis Award; and the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The Thief, his first novel to be translated into English, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His other novels include The Kingdom, Evil and the Mask, The Boy in the EarthLast Winter, We Parted.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616955908
ISBN-10: 1616955902
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English