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About the Author
Keiichiro Hirano is an award-winning and bestselling novelist whose debut novel, The Eclipse, won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize in 1998, when he was a twenty-three-year-old university student. A cultural envoy to Paris appointed by Japan's Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Hirano has lectured throughout Europe. Widely read in France, China, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, and Egypt, Hirano's novels include the Watanabe Junichi Literary Prize-winning novel At the End of the Matinee--a runaway bestseller in Japan--and the critically acclaimed and Yomiuri Prize for Literature-winning A Man. His short fiction has appeared in the Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature. For more information, visit http: //en.k-hirano.com and follow Hirano on Twitter at @hiranok_en.
"Hirano's English-language debut, a shape-shifting psychological thriller...As back-alley gritty and entertaining as a Raymond Chandler novel, the book asks what it means to be 'you, ' and suggests that the answer means nothing at all. Hirano's stylish, suspenseful noir should earn him a stateside audience." --Publishers Weekly
"Hirano has continued to grapple with new themes ever since his debut. In this work, he has arrived at the primal question of what validates human existence." --Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police
"A riveting examination of desire and identity, A Man patiently unpicks the nature of unfulfilled aspirations. Keiichiro Hirano has written a multilayered tale of human reinvention, at once eminently readable and deeply moving." --Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory and Five Star Billionaire
"There is no doubt that Keiichiro Hirano is an author with an extremely pioneering and modern spirit. His works have opened up a very imaginative space in analyzing and exploring the spiritual world of humanity." --Sheng Keyi, author of Northern Girls and Death Fugue