Cult X


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$17.95  $16.69
Soho Crime
Publish Date
5.5 X 1.25 X 8.25 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Fuminori Nakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Ōe Prize, Japan's largest literary award; the David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction; and the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The Thief, his first novel to be translated into English, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His other novels include The Gun, The Kingdom, Evil and the Mask, The Boy in the Earth, and Last Winter, We Parted.


A Japanese Bestseller, with over 400,000 copies sold
A LitHub Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Title of 2018
A Library Journal Best Book of 2018

Praise for Cult X

"You'll think about Nakamura's questions long after you've closed his book's covers. He uses the conventions of a genre to prop up a tent for big ideas about groupthink and individual responsibility. If you feel a few frissons along the way? Consider how easily you might be seduced into a cult, and then take a long, cold shower."

"Raises the literary stakes to literally cosmic proportions . . . Cult X, translated into handsome, unadorned English by Kalau Almony, pushes the boundaries of the thriller genre to an extreme degree. Mr. Nakamura has written a daunting, challenging saga of good and evil on a Dostoevskian scale. Those who persevere to its finale may well feel the richer for it."
--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"Nakamura's impassioned writing is part of a continuum that stretches from Dostoevsky to Camus to Ōe."
--Los Angeles Times

"Nakamura's talent for characterization and willingness to engage make this a novel worth wrestling with."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"One of the most buzzed about novels of the season."

"The Fuminori Nakamura novel we've been waiting for . . . [Nakamura's] talent has always been for exploring the lives of those on the fringes of society, the damaged and the ostracized, and that remains at the heart of this work."
--The Japan Times

"Taking as his inspiration the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, award-winning author Nakamura weaves together politics, religion, and science--including biology, cosmology, and quantum physics--into a fascinating noir brimming with insightful commentary on totalitarianism that is especially apt for our times."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"Gripping . . . This noirish thriller will resonate with Ryu Murakami fans."
--Publishers Weekly

"At its heart [Cult X] is an investigation--first for a lost woman, but ultimately into humanity's darkest motivations and the temptation to follow them."
--The Sunday Times

"Cult X was inspired by Aum Shinrikyo, the group responsible for the 1995 sarin attack in the Tokyo subway, but that is just a starting point, for Nakamura weaves in themes of personal commitment, politics, religion and much more. It's not, however, for the faint of heart."

"A magnificently unsettling work."
--Words Without Borders

"[Cult X] twists adeptly toward a horror-laden plot of mass destruction . . . Horrifying, yes--but worth confronting."
--Kingdom Books

"The sprawling novel, told from multiple perspectives and with long forays into the science of the universe, is an epic endeavor that deserves to stand next to the works of Ellroy and Bolaño in the canon of lengthy crime fiction."

Praise for Fuminori Nakamura

"Crime fiction that pushes past the bounds of genre, occupying its own nightmare realm . . . Guilt or innocence is not the issue; we are corrupted, complicit, just by living in society."
--Los Angeles Times

"A suspenseful study of obsession . . . Love, even illicit love, has a way of bringing out the best or the worst in a person."
--The New York Times

"Few protagonists in modern crime fiction are as alienated as those in the challenging, violent, grotesque tales of Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura."
--The Wall Street Journal

"This slim, icy, outstanding thriller, reminiscent of Muriel Spark and Patricia Highsmith, should establish Fuminori Nakamura as one of the most interesting Japanese crime novelists at work today."
--USA Today