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A Man

(2020)
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A man follows another man’s trail of lies in a compelling psychological story about the search for identity, by Japan’s award-winning literary sensation Keiichiro Hirano in his first novel to be translated into English.

Akira Kido is a divorce attorney whose own marriage is in danger of being destroyed by emotional disconnect. With a midlife crisis looming, Kido’s life is upended by the reemergence of a former client, Rié Takemoto. She wants Kido to investigate a dead man—her recently deceased husband, Daisuké. Upon his death she discovered that he’d been living a lie. His name, his past, his entire identity belonged to someone else, a total stranger. The investigation draws Kido into two intriguing mysteries: finding out who Rié’s husband really was and discovering more about the man he pretended to be. Soon, with each new revelation, Kido will come to share the obsession with—and the lure of—erasing one life to create a new one.

In A Man, winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature, Keiichiro Hirano explores the search for identity, the ambiguity of memory, the legacies with which we live and die, and the reconciliation of who you hoped to be with who you’ve actually become.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A riveting examination of desire and identity, A Man patiently unpicks the nature of unfulfilled aspirations. Keiichiro Hirano has written a multilayered tale of human reinvention, at once eminently readable and deeply moving." - Tash Aw

"There is no doubt that Keiichiro Hirano is an author with an extremely pioneering and modern spirit. His works have opened up a very imaginative space in analyzing and exploring the spiritual world of humanity." - Sheng Keyi

"Hirano has continued to grapple with new themes ever since his debut. In this work, he has arrived at the primal question of what validates human existence." - Yôko Ogawa


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Hardback Editions

June 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano
ISBN: 1-5420-0688-0 / 978-1-5420-0688-0 (USA edition)
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June 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano
ISBN: 1-5420-0687-2 / 978-1-5420-0687-3 (USA edition)
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June 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano
ISBN: 1-79975-471-5 / 978-1-79975-471-8
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June 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano
ISBN: 1-79975-472-3 / 978-1-79975-472-5
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June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano, Eli K P William - translator
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June 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano, Eli K P William - translator
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano, Eli K P William - translator
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano, Eli K P William - translator
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


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June 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Man
Author(s): Keiichiro Hirano
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
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