Patient X : The Case-Book of Ryunosuke Akutagawa
'Beautiful, gothic and powerfully mysterious.' ESQUIRE
'One of the most original and intriguing books you'll read this year.' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'His best to date.' DAVID MITCHELL
Ryunosuke Akutagawa was one of Japan's great writers - author of the stories 'Rashomon' and 'In a Bamboo Grove', most famously - who lived through Japan's turbulent Taisho period of 1912 to 1926, including the devastating 1923 Earthquake, only to take his own life at the age of just thirty-five in 1927.
These are the stories of Patient X in one of our iron castles. He will tell his tales to anyone with the ears and the time to listen -
Inspired and informed by Akutagawa's stories, essays and letters, David Peace has fashioned a most extraordinary novel of tales. An intense, passionate, haunting paean to one writer, it also thrillingly explores the act and obsession of writing itself, and the role of the artist, both in public and private life, in times which darkly mirror our own.
Extraordinary, standalone novel from the legendary David Peace, about one of Japan's greatest ever writers.
David Peace - named in 2003 as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists - was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of the Red Riding Quartet (Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Nineteen Eighty, and Nineteen Eighty Three), GB84, which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Damned Utd, and Red or Dead, which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. The final part of his Tokyo Trilogy - to follow Tokyo Year Zero and Occupied City - will publish in 2019. Patient X is his tenth novel. He lives in Tokyo.