On Parole

On Parole

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On Parole by Akira Yoshimura

After spending sixteen years in prison for a crime of the heart, Shiro Kikutani is released into a world he no longer recognizes. He must readjust to the bright and vigorous stimulus of Tokyo while fending off his own dark memories. In a spare yet powerful style, Akira Yoshimura paints the psychology of a quiet man navigating his way through the unsuspected traumas of freedom-finding a job, finding a home, even something as simple as buying an alarm clock. Kikutani takes comfort in the numbing repetition of his new daily life, only to be drawn inexorably back to the scene of his crime. A subtly powerful story, On Parole explores the fragile life of a murderer and the conditions of freedom in an unforgiving society. Yoshimura's startling novel raises provocative questions of guilt and redemption.

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ISBN-13: 9780156011471
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/03/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Akira Yoshimura is the prize-winning author of twenty novels and short-story collections, many of them bestsellers in Japan. One Man's Justice is his third novel to be translated into English.

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On Parole 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JulianNM More than 1 year ago
read this a few years ago and haven't forgotten. Shipwrecked, another of his, is also a great read. wish he was writing more (maybe he is, just not getting translated into english!)