Tokyo, Japan

‘The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside’ by Kazufumi Shiraishi tops Amazon’s charts

In early August Red Circle author Kazufumi Shiraishi’s novel, The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside, topped Amazon’s chart of Hot New Releases in Japanese literature. The 225 page novel translated by Raj Mahtani, the second to be published in English by the multi-award winning Japanese author, will be released on 25th August 2017.  

Shiraishi’s first novel in English language translation, Me Against the World, published last year, was a critical triumph, getting numerous positive reviews from readers and critics including Words Without Borders and The Japan Times, which ranked the book amongst the best 10 published in 2016.  

This latest novel, which has not yet been released, also published by the American publisher Dalkey Archive Press, is already gaining attention and extremely positive feedback from reviewers. The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside is “exceptionally well done”… “I can see why it was such a big success in Japan”… “it’s the most satisfying novel I’ve read in quite some time”, according to Michael Orthofe, founder of the Complete Review, a highly regarded literary website that has been publishing reviews since 1999.  

The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside 
was published in Japanese in 2002 helping establish Shiraishi’s literary reputation in Japan. It was a major commercial success in Japan and a bestseller, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. After its publication Shiraishi went on to win the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize and the Naoki Prize, two important Japanese literary awards. The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside has also been published in South Korea, China and Taiwan.  

Book Synopsis:

Naoto Matsubara works in a Tokyo publishing house, though the work doesn’t particularly interest him. What does interest him, we soon discover, is the purpose of life. Naoto ponders the powers of love, attachment, and mutual care by examining closely his own friends and lovers, searching out how exactly his connection to them confers meaning on his life. Along the way, Naoto also draws on the thought of many writers and philosophers, including Tolstoy, Fromm, and Mishima.    
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      About Kazufumi Shiraishi:
      Kazufumi Shiraishi had a successful career, spanning two decades, as a journalists working for one of Japan's highest profile monthly magazines, Bungeishinju, before following in the steps of his father and twin brother becoming a full time author. He is a deeply thoughtful author who writes about love, life and the human condition and is unique in being the only Japanese author to follow in his father’s footsteps by winning the same major Japanese literary prize.