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The Changeling

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 MAN ASIAN LITERARY AWARD

Kenzaburo Oe

RRP: £19.99

1 June 2010

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843547341

RRP: £6.99

7 August 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395621

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 MAN ASIAN LITERARY AWARD

Kogito is a writer, and is in his sixties when he rekindles a childhood friendship with his estranged brother-in-law Goro. Goro sends Kogito a number of cassette tapes onto which he has recorded reflections about their friendship. But one night, Goro’s message takes a profoundly unsettling turn: ‘I’m going to head over to the Other Side now,’ Goro says, and then Kogito hears a loud thud. After a moment of silence, Goro’s voice continues: ‘But don’t worry, I’m not going to stop communicating with you.’ Moments later, Kogito’s wife rings to tell him that Goro has jumped to his death from the roof of a building. Kogito begins a search to understand what drove his brother-in-law to suicide.

The Changeling takes readers from the forests of southern Japan to the streets of Berlin in a profound exploration of the ways in which the past – both real and imagined – affects our lives.

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