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Cult X / Fuminori Nakamura ; translated from the Japanese by Kalau Almony.

Author/Creator:
Nakamura, Fuminori, 1977- author.
Standardized Title:
Cult X. English
Publication:
New York : Soho Press, 2018.
Format/Description:
Book
505 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects:
Japan.
Cults -- Japan -- Fiction.
Terrorism -- Japan -- Fiction.
Criminals -- Japan -- Fiction.
Criminals.
Cults.
Terrorism.
Local subjects:
FICTION / Crime. (search)
FICTION / Religious. (search)
FICTION / Noir. (search)
Form/Genre:
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Novels.
Summary:
"The magnum opus by Akutagawa Prize-winner Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X is a story that dives into the psychology of fringe religion, obsession, and social disaffection. When Toru Narazaki's girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective he's hired to find her. Ryoko's past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address where she lived: in a compound in the heart of Tokyo, with a group that seems to be a cult led by a charismatic guru with a revisionist Buddhist scheme of life, death, and society. Narazaki plunges into the secretive world of the cult, ready to expose himself to any of the guru's brainwashing tactics if it means he can learn the truth about Ryoko. But the cult isn't what he expected, and he has no idea of the bubbling violence beneath its surface. Inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Cult X is an exploration of what draws individuals into extremism. This multi-faceted novel is nothing less than a tour de force, capturing the connections between astrophysics, neuroscience, and religion. It is an invective against predatory corporate consumerism and exploitative geopolitics, and it is a love story about compassion in the face of nihilism"-- Provided by publisher.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
Contributor:
Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
Almony, Kalau, translator.
ISBN:
9781616957865
1616957867
9781616957872
OCLC:
1002289959
Publisher Number:
99976963732
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