By Fuminori Nakamura
In Tokyo a faculty student's discovery and eventual obsession with a stolen handgun awakens whatever darkish within him and threatens to devour not just his lifestyles but in addition his humanity. Nakamura's jap debut is a noir-spun story that probes the violence inherent to aesthetics.
On a evening stroll alongside a Tokyo riverbank, a tender guy named Nishikawa stumbles on a lifeless physique, beside which lies a gun. From the instant Nishikawa makes a decision to take the gun, the realm round him blurs. understanding he possesses the weapon brings an intoxicating feel of objective to his boring college life.
But quickly Nishikawa's own entanglements turn into without warning advanced: he reveals himself romantically concerned with ladies whereas his organic father, whom he's by no means met, lies demise in a health center. via all of it, he can't cease pondering the gun--and the 4 bullets loaded in its chamber. As he spirals into obsession, his concentration is ate up through one proposal: that owning the gun is not any longer enough--he needs to fireplace it.
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This excerpt from the diary of Takezoe Shin’ichiro¯ (1842–1917) is quoted in Keene, Modern Japanese Diaries, p. 141. Oka Senjin (1832–1913), in his travelogue of China in 1884–1885, registers the same shock and dismay that caused many Japanese to abandon the sinophilia with which they were culturally prepared to regard China; see Fogel, Literature of Travel in the Japanese Rediscovery of China, pp. 75–77. 14. Hao, Commercial Revolution in Nineteenth-Century China, pp. 68–69. ’’ 15. ’’ 16. Wang Jinxiang, Zhongguo jindu jianshi, pp.
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