The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura

Three things make The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura, translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell, particularly Japanese.  The first is the overall sense of social isolation that the characters live in.   I can’t claim to be an expert in Japanese literature, but what I’ve read of it always features characters who face the world on their own, even when they have families.  Even when the … Continue reading The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

This is one of the hardest types of books to review.  I liked it.  I think it’s basically good.  But I’m not crazy about it–to be honest I just liked it. It’s not bad.  It’s pretty good really.  Interesting enough story.  Well done characterization.  Themes that typically interest me.  Good writing, in translation by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates.  Thrilling enough to keep me reading … Continue reading The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura