Review: Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura


evilWhat would you do if you hated your father — really hated him? Could you bring yourself to kill him? But what if that was exactly what he expected of the kind of person he was hoping you would become — a creature filled with evil thoughts and rage?

Fuminori Nakamura’s “Evil and the Mask” postulates this scenario: The head of the Kuki family, an aristocratic clan with a successful business empire, deems to turn his youngest son, Fumihiro, into a “cancer” on the world, “a personification of evil … a being that will make this world miserable” — just as previous generations of Kuki patriarchs had done, profiting from the dark influence these “cancers” had on war, politics and business.

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