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Éric Faye; Emily Boyce (Translator)

Published by Gallic Books and available on January 13th, 2015.

In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Food begins to go missing. Perturbed by this threat to his orderly life, Shimura sets up a webcam to monitor his home. But though eager to identify his intruder, is Shimura really prepared for what the camera will reveal? This Académie Français prize‐winning novel is a moving tale of alienation in the modern world.


"Unfolds, like those Japanese paper pellets that, dropped into water, expand into fragile, delicate beauty that touches the heart." The Spectator

"Concise and brilliantly unsettling … will haunt you for a long time." The Lady

"Feels authentically Japanese despite the fact that it is written by a Frenchman. It has the mannered tone and slightly off-kilter sensibility of a Murakami or Yamada novel but without the need to resort to magic realism. It feels both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time." Me and My Big Mouth

"A short and ultimately moving book that will resonate with many." Freeburner

"A small, intimate story … somehow seems very Japanese in its telling." Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

"A little book with a bloody great big bit of reflection." BookCunt


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