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Fuminori Nakamura's 'Last Winter, We Parted' blurs reality, invention
Fuminori Nakamura's 'Last Winter, We Parted' blurs reality, invention

"Last Winter, We Parted," the third novel by Japan's Fuminori Nakamura to appear in English, is crime fiction that pushes past the bounds of genre, occupying its own nightmare realm. The book begins with its narrator, an unnamed writer, interviewing a convicted killer in a prison visiting room; like Hannibal Lecter, the murderer is emotionless, nearly inhuman, speaking from behind a sheet of "transparent acrylic glass." His crime, which involved burning two women alive so he could photograph their dying, is inspired by Ry¿nosuke Akutagawa's 1918 story "Hell Screen," a classic of Japanese literature, "the tale of a crazed painter, who...

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