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My Annihilation (Hardcover)

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By Fuminori Nakamura, Sam Bett (Translated by)
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What transforms a person into a killer? Can it be something as small as a suggestion?

Turn this page, and you may forfeit your entire life.

With My Annihilation, Fuminori Nakamura, master of literary noir, has constructed a puzzle box of a narrative in the form of a confessional diary that implicates its reader in a heinous crime.

Delving relentlessly into the darkest corners of human consciousness, My Annihilation interrogates the unspeakable thoughts all humans share that can be monstrous when brought to life, revealing with disturbing honesty the psychological motives of a killer.

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 Japan’s prestigious Ōe Prize; the David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction; and the 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 Cult X, The Gun, The Kingdom, Evil and the Mask, The Boy in the Earth, and Last Winter, We Parted.
Sam Bett is a fiction writer and Japanese translator. Awarded Grand Prize in the 2016 JLPP International Translation Competition, he won the 2019/2020 Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize for his translation of Star by Yukio Mishima. With David Boyd, he is a translator of Breasts and Eggs and Heaven by Mieko Kawakami.

Praise For…

Praise for My Annihilation

“Searing . . . An unnerving tale that richly earns its title. By the last chapter, you won’t believe a word the narrator tells you.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Fuminori Nakamura

"A thriller in the same elevated sense as is Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment or Camus’s The Stranger . . . ​Nature versus nurture, free will versus fate: Such are the themes that flicker almost subliminally through this shocking narrative, which also emits echoes of Poe and Mishima."
The Wall Street Journal

"A suspenseful study of obsession. . . Love, even illicit love, has a way of bringing out the best—or the worst—in a person."
The New York Times Book Review

"Nakamura's impassioned writing is part of a continuum that stretches from Dostoevsky to Camus to Ōe."
Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781641292726
ISBN-10: 1641292725
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: January 11th, 2022
Pages: 264
Language: English