Fuminori Nakamura's "The Thief" chosen as finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize

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2013/03/22 News

Fuminori Nakamura's "The Thief" chosen as finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize

The novel Suri by Akutagawa Prize-winning author Fuminori Nakamura, translated into English as The Thief, has been named a finalist for a book prize administered by the Los Angeles Times.

Suri was first published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha in October 2009, and the following year received the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. Prize sponsor Kodansha arranged for the book to be translated into English, and the translation was published by Soho Press in March 2012.

The annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were established in 1980, with awards handed out in some ten categories, including biography, current interest, history, science and technology, fiction, and poetry. Winners are chosen from a list of five finalists in each category. This year, The Thief has been named a finalist in the mystery/thriller category. The winners will be announced on April 19, 2013.

The Wall Street Journal earlier selected the novel as one of ten titles on its "Best Fiction of 2012" list, and Amazon.com named it as one of its "Top 100 Picks for 2012." Kodansha indicates it has received numerous inquiries regarding film rights from production companies in the United States.

(This article originally appeared in the newspaper Shinbunka, issue no. 2972, February 28, 2013)