Monday 11 June 2018 7.00pm
The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Free for Japan Society Members
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The Hunter is the first English translation of the atmospheric, gritty and character-driven work of prize-winning, bestselling Japanese writer Asa Nonami in which she presents the character of Takako Otomichi, a former motorbike patrolwoman-turned-detective. In this story, Otomichi is partnered with an older, seasoned, misogynist detective in a murder investigation in the nightclub underworld of Roppongi in Tokyo. Before long, the case is linked to another death, this time apparently the result of an attack by a large dog. The Hunter won the Naoki Prize in 1996.
The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.
Asa Nonami was born in 1960 in Tokyo and attended Waseda University to study sociology before dropping out and getting a job at an advertising agency. She is a prolific writer of Japanese crime fiction and horror stories and is known for her strong female characters. In 1988 she won the Japan Mystery and Suspense Grand Award for her debut novel A Happy Breakfast. Her other awards include the 115th Naoki Prize for The Hunter, which was adapted into a film, and the Chuokoron Prize for Literature in 2012. Her other works include The June 19th Bride, Paradise Thirty, Dramatic Children, Murderer of the Blooming Season, and Body.