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Praise for Evil and the Mask
“Karma runs thicker than blood in Evil and the Mask, the thought-provoking and unpredictable new novel by the Japanese zen-noir master Fuminori Nakamura.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Evil and the Mask is a brilliant novel from one of Japan’s most current authors . . . If you love Patricia Highsmith, you’ll love Nakamura.”
—Globe and Mail
“Evil and the Mask is a hard-to-put-down novel of ideas and a savage comment on nihilism, both Japanese and global . . . Shouldn't be missed.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
“A twisted tale of revenge . . . mixing noir and the existential question of free will.”
—The Japan Times
“Deliciously twisted . . . Nakamura bend[s] the line between what is good and what is evil until it nearly breaks. It’s impressive how a book so dark can be so much fun.”
“[Evil and the Mask is] full of themes that everyone can appreciate . . . Nakamura blurs the line between light and dark, good and evil. He illustrates that nothing in life is completely black and white.”
—Tulsa Books Examiner
“Evil and the Mask is concerned with a twisty sense of morality: is Fumihiro born evil, and can he escape the cruelty associated with his surname?”
“Deals with basic questions of good and evil, guilt and remorse. Cryptic detectives, smoky nightclubs, and murky streets in Japanese suburbs add to the noir sensibility. At times bizarre, at times hallucinatory, the story is always provocative.”
“This literary thriller steeps the reader in humanity’s dark nature and the struggle of those who try to resist their own moral corruption.”
“Evil and the Mask is an engrossing account . . . The story is violent, revengeful, and often disagreeable but it still contains that hypnotic voice that makes you want to read more.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Evil and the Mask, the second book of his to be available in English, is undoubtedly the narrative that will help cement him as the new master of Japanese noir . . . an absolute must-read.”
—Out of the Gutter Magazine
Not to say the book is a difficult read, it is very easy to read and the author is easy to follow.
Theirs is an approach and sensibility quite different from the western one and they express themselves in a unique emotional vocabulary.
I was not left wanting more but wouldn't mind reading a continued life story of the lead character.
After "The Thief" this is the second Nakamura novel I've read. They are both simply excellent! Read morePublished 1 day ago by SeekerStill
The story is twisted and suspenseful and narrated with a deep, powerful prose.
I love the philosophical discussions that punctuated the story. Read more
Reads almost like Crime and Punishment lite. A good, twisting story that explores, though not as well as Dostoevsky, depths of evil and especially in this case the causes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Stults
Always a provocative writer in an improbable plot with broader points to make about the world and its values.Published 1 month ago by ruthiej
Fuminori has a way of telling stories we have not yet heard. He is greatly entertaining with his twisted tales.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
"When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Rooney
When I first started reading, I had high hopes. I feel like it started out good and I was excited to see where the book would go. Read morePublished 7 months ago by donna cavaliere