Villain by Shuichi Yoshida
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I decided to read this book because it was reviewed in the New Yorker and it had enjoyed nice comments. However, I have to say this won't deserve to be introduced such highly, especially when the translation fails to convey fully the voice of the original.
I'm a native speaker of Japanese and I used to live in the very area which the story takes place.
There are many kind of dialects spoken in that area and the original novel skillfully let each character tell stories with their own language. That's one of the elements which gives this novel distinctive atmosphere. But I don't think the voice of English has any difference between the characters.
I'm kind of disappointed that the unique aspect of Japanese language has completely been neglected here...
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