Yoshio Kita’s hopelessness and lack of faith in his future crystallizes into a decision to commit suicide by what he calls ‘capital punishment at free will’, meaning his only pressing problem now is how to spend both his remaining self-allocated seven days on earth and all his worldly money. From fine dining with a former porn actress to insuring his life, from pursuing an ex-girlfriend to an entanglement with an assassin, Yoshio’s last seven days on earth take on unexpected twists and turns in this darkly comic exploration of the cult of suicide in Japan and the culture that has created it.
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A darkly comic tale of a young man’s decision to take his own life and the unexpected twists and turns of his last seven days on earth.About the Author:
Masahiko Shimada is one of Japan’s best-known and most prolific fiction writers, and the winner of awards including the Noma Literary Prize for New Writers.
Meredith McKinney is currently a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, and works as a freelance translator.
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