Published in IP/NN: Abe Kazushige kessakushū [IP/NN: Masterpieces by Abe Kazushige].
Kōdansha (Kōdansha Bunko), 2011. 392 pp. ¥676. ISBN 978-4-06-277040-8. (Originally published in Shinchō, Mar. 1997.)
Also published in: Albanian, Arabic, French, Italian, and Thai
The narrative takes the form of Onuma’s diary, and everything is written from his viewpoint. As the diary entries take on an increasingly delusional hue, the reader is drawn into the vortex of a tale packed with hints of danger. Characters that seem to be Onuma’s other selves run rampant through the story, blurring the line between truth and falsehood until eventually the story reaches its strange final scene. With its crisp literary style, unflinching gaze at violence, and sensitivity that exquisitely captures the desolation of contemporary cities, this is one of the works that symbolizes the birth of a new Japanese literature. (NK)
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