Author(s): Fuminori Nakamura
When Fumihiro Kuki is 11 years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. 'I created you to be a cancer on the world,' his father tells him. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family's resources, Fumihiro's life is one without repercussions. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father's mandate and starts to resist.
Fuminori Nakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Oe Prize, Japan's largest literary award, 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. He is the recipient of the David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction. He lives in Tokyo with his wife. "From the Hardcover edition."