Last Winter, We Parted ( Fuminori Nakamura)

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ISBN: 9781616954550
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Published: Soho Press - October 21st, 2014

If you are not familiar with the name Fuminori Nakamura, you soon will be. Thought of by many as Haruki Murakami’s heir apparent, Nakamura pens taut, sinister literary noir fiction that explores the treacherous psychological depths of identity and the fragile nature of truth. He is a prodigious talent, providing readers with the perfect balance between literary insight and page-turning thrills.

LAST WINTER, WE PARTED, Nakamura’s third novel translated into English, follows a young writer assigned to interview a notorious murderer--Kiharazaka--before his impending execution. Once a renowned photographer, Kiharazaka is convicted of burning two of his models to death in order to capture their 'essence' on film. However, he is not so keen to divulge his story to the young man on the other side of the glass without first learning a few things about his interlocutor. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse game that will bring into question everything the young writer took for granted about his subject.

Imbued with an utter creepiness, including sexual depravity, obsession, cruelty for cruelty's sake, and a subculture of life-like doll enthusiasts, LAST WINTER, WE PARTED burrows deep inside your psyche and refuses to come out. Read it and meet one of the future greats of Japanese literature.

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