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Ashes

Written by Kenzo KitakataAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Kenzo Kitakata
Translated by Emi ShimokawaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Emi Shimokawa

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The vice and virtues of middle age are espied with an eagle eye in this hardboiled story about a mid-career gangster. Unfolding thorugh chiseled sketches and run through with tantalizing motifs, Kitakata's masterpiece follows the fortunes of a yakuza mobster as his moment of truth approaches. Cool, real, and cleansing, Ashes is a literary tonic.
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"Ashes is a fascinating look at the largely hidden world of the yakuza, Japan's mafia." --Japan Visitor

"This yakuza fable reads like a treatment for a Takeshi Kitano film, and its aging mobster Tanaka evokes Beat's sullen screen ennui." - Mary Jacobi , The Village Voice

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