A man follows another man's trail of lies in a compelling psychological story about the search for identity, by Japan's award-winning literary sensation Keiichiro Hirano in his first novel to be translated into English.
Akira Kido is a divorce attorney whose own marriage is in danger of being destroyed by emotional disconnect. With a midlife crisis looming, Kido's life is upended by the reemergence of a former client, Rié Takemoto. She wants Kido to investigate a dead man--her recently deceased husband, Daisuké. Upon his death she discovered that he'd been living a lie. His name, his past, his entire identity belonged to someone else, a total stranger. The investigation draws Kido into two intriguing mysteries: finding out who Rié's husband really was and discovering more about the man he pretended to be. Soon, with each new revelation, Kido will come to share the obsession with--and the lure of--erasing one life to create a new one.
In A Man, winner of Japan's prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature, Keiichiro Hirano explores the search for identity, the ambiguity of memory, the legacies with which we live and die, and the reconciliation of who you hoped to be with who you've actually become.
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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, he has given lectures throughout Europe. Widely read in France, China, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, and Egypt, Hirano is also the author of At the End of the Matinee, a runaway bestseller in Japan. Hirano's short fiction has appeared in The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature and The Transparent Labyrinth. A Man, winner of Japan's Yomiuri Prize for Literature, is the first of Hirano's novels to be translated into English. For more information, visit 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