Backlight, published today, is a thought-provoking and intriguing tale, by the Akutagawa Prize-nominated master short story writer Kanji Hanawa.
BacklightÂ revolves around the extraordinary real story of the seven-year-old boy who went missing in the bear-inhabitedÂ forests of northern Japan for six whole days in 2016, after his parents had apparently abandoned him as a punishment.
The disappearance of the boy was picked up by the international media, including some of the worldâs most influential broadcastersÂ and publishers, who often ignore Japan-related news.
Broadcasters like the BBC, CNNÂ and such newspapers as The Telegraph and NewÂ York Times, all of whom repeatedly ran prominent stories as events unfolded around this story.Â
When the young boy was eventually found he was featured on the front page of Londonâs most influential newspaper, theÂ Evening StandardÂ and his first words on discovery, âI am hungryâ were reported worldwide.Â
Backlight, a work of fiction, was inspired by these events and Hanawa, an author known for his interest in human psychology and complex relationships â whose stories expose the pressures and challenges of life in Japan, explores the themes and media narrativesÂ that were generated by this unusual international news story.Â
Backlight, translated by Richard Nathan, is a complex and challenging look at an unfolding emergency, a culture and a country.
It is the first work by Hanawa for some considerable time and has been written with superb subtlety and intelligence.
It is the second title to be published in an exciting new series of short Japanese books, Red Circle Minis.Â
Launched today,Â Red Circle MinisÂ is a series of short, captivating books by Japanâs finest contemporary writers that brings the narratives and voices of Japan together as never before.
Each book in the series is a first edition written specifically for the series and isÂ being published in English first.
- About Red Circle:Red Circle Authors Limited is a specialist publishing and communications company that conducts bespoke projects on behalf of a carefully selected and curated group of leading Japanese authors. Red Circle showcases Japanâs best creative writing. For more information on Red Circle, Japanese literature, and Red Circle authors please visit: www.redcircleauthors.com.