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The Boy in the Earth

Translated by Allison Markin Powell

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As an unnamed Tokyo taxi driver works a night shift, picking up fares that offer him glimpses into the lives of ordinary people, he can’t escape his own nihilistic thoughts. Almost without meaning to, he puts himself in harm’s way; he can’t stop daydreaming of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth in obsessive fantasies that soon become terrifying blackout episodes. The truth is, his long-estranged father has tried to reach out to him, triggering a cascade of traumatic memories. As the cab driver wrestles with the truth about his past and the history of violence in his childhood, he must also confront his present, which is no less complicated or grim.

japanese title: Tsuchi no naka no kodomo
subjects: Psychological fiction
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781616958954
OCLC number: 955008779
publisher: Soho Crime
publication place: New York
japanese publication date: 2005
english publication date: 2017
document type: Book
description: 147 pages ; 22 cm