From Nobel prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe, The Changeling is an ambitious, sweeping novel about friendship and the distances we are prepared to travel to preserve it.
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.
About the Author
Considered one of Japan's leading post-war writers, Kenzaburo Oe is also the author of A Personal Matter, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, and A Quiet Life, among others. He has won almost every major international honour, including the 1989 Prix Europalia and the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 6th August 2010
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.5 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1