Japan is a safe, polite society in which occasionally hyper-violent crimes are committed that shock the world. They do not surprise one of its best-known authors, whose bleak novels brim with brutality. Interview by David Pilling in the FT
Rage. Violence. Churning resentment beneath the pond-like surface. This is the territory of Ryu Murakami, one of Japan’s most celebrated novelists. Murakami’s protagonists are young perpetrators of casual violence or dropouts unmoved by Japan’s social norms.
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