Fuminori Nakamura

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Fuminori Nakamura
Nakamura in 2013
Nakamura in 2013
Born (1977-09-02) September 2, 1977 (age 41)
Notable worksThe Thief
Notable awardsAkutagawa Prize
Ōe Kenzaburō Prize

Fuminori Nakamura (中村 文則, Nakamura Fuminori, born 2 September 1977) is the pseudonym[citation needed] of a Japanese author. Nakamura came to international attention when he won the 2010 Kenzaburō Ōe Prize for his novel, The Thief (掏摸, "Pick-pocket"). The English translation of the novel was well received[1].

Works in English translation[edit]

  • The Thief (original title: Suri), trans. Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates (Soho Crime, 2012)
  • Evil and the Mask (original title: Aku to Kamen no Rūru), trans. Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates (Soho Crime, 2013)
  • Last Winter, We Parted (original title: Kyonen no fuyu, kimi to wakare), trans. Allison Markin Powell (Soho Press, 2014)
  • The Gun (original title: ), trans. Allison Markin Powell (Soho Press, 2016)


The Wall Street Journal called The Thief a "chilling philosophical thriller" and included it in its Best Fiction of 2012,[2] while Time Out Chicago called the novel a "breath of fresh air." [3] The novel was also a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Best Mystery/Thriller category.[4]

The book, though marketed as crime fiction, was cited by some reviewers as being a work of literary fiction.[5][6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Japanese Awards

U.S. Awards



  • (), 2003 (The Gun, Soho Press, 2015)
  • Shakō (遮光) [Shield Me from the Light], 2004
  • Akui no Shuki (悪意の手記) [A Note of Malice], 2005
  • Tsuchi no naka no kodomo (土の中の子ども), 2005 (The Boy in the Earth, Soho Press, 2017)
  • Saigo no Inochi (最後の命) [Final Life], 2007
  • Nani mo ka mo Yūutsuna Yoru ni (何もかも憂鬱な夜に) [In the Night I Feel Everything Melancholy], 2009
  • Suri (掏摸), 2009 (The Thief, Soho Press, 2012), ("دزد" [in Persian], Qoqnoos publication, Iran, 2015)[10]
  • Aku to Kamen no Rūru (悪と仮面のルール), 2010 (Evil and the Mask, Soho Press, 2013)
  • Ōkoku (王国), 2011 (The Kingdom, Soho Press, 2016)
  • Meikyū (迷宮) [The Labyrinth], 2012
  • Kyonen no Fuyu, Kimi to Wakare (去年の冬、きみと別れ), 2013 (Last Winter, We Parted, Soho Press, 2014)
  • Kyōdan X (教団X), 2014 [Cult X, Soho Press, 2018]
  • Anata ga Kieta Yoru ni (あなたが消えた夜に) [On the Night You Disappeared], 2015
  • Watashi no Shōmetsu (私の消滅) [My Annihilation], 2016
  • Aaru Teikoku (R帝国) [Empire R], 2017

Short story collections[edit]

  • Tsuchi no Naka no Kodomo (土の中の子供)[Child in the Ground], 2005
    • Tsuchi no Naka no Kodomo (土の中の子供), 2005
    • Kumo no Koe (蜘蛛の声)[The Voice of a Spider], 2004
  • Sekai no Hate (世界の果て)[The Edge of the World], 2009
    • Tsuki no Shita no Kodomo (月の下の子供)[Child under the Moon], 2008
    • Gomi Yashiki (ゴミ屋敷)[The Garbage Room], 2008
    • Sensō-Biyori (戦争日和)[The Day worthy of the War], 2006
    • Yoru no Zawameki (夜のざわめき)[Noises in the Night], 2007
    • Sekai no Hate (世界の果て), 2006
  • Madoi no Mori: 50 Stories (惑いの森~50ストーリーズ)[The Woods of a Delusion: 50 Stories], 2012
  • A, 2014


  1. ^ "Profile: Fuminori Nakamura". Red Circle Authors.
  2. ^ "The Best Fiction of 2012". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ Messinger, Jonathan. "The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura | Book review". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (20 February 2013). "Announcing the 2012 L.A. Times Book Prize finalists". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. ^ Messinger, Jonathan. "The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura | Book review". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  6. ^ Corrigan, Maureen (26 March 2012). "Book World: "The Thief," by Fuminori Nakamura". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  7. ^ J'Lit | Publications : The Gun | Books from Japan ‹See Tfd›(in English)
  8. ^ J'Lit | Publications: Shield Me from the Light | Books from Japan ‹See Tfd›(in English)
  9. ^ As Seen in International Association of Crime Writers Weekly E-News - NoirCon 2014 Archived February 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ http://qoqnoos.ir/BookDetails.aspx?BookID=1248

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