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Japanese literary sensation Fuminori Nakamura's latest novel is a dark look into the human psyche—what turns someone into a killer? Can it be something as small as a suggestion?
Turn this page, and you may forfeit your entire life.
A confessional diary implicates its reader in a heinous crime, and reveals with disturbing honesty the psychological motives of a killer.
With My Annihilation, Fuminori Nakamura, master of literary noir, has constructed a puzzle box of a narrative that delves relentlessly into the darkest corners of human consciousness, interrogating the unspeakable thoughts all humans share and only monsters act on.
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 for Noir Fiction; 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 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 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