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Patient X

Patient X

Last 3 in stock
ISBN
9780571336241
Published
05/04/2018
9780571336241
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

‘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.

‘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 MITCHELLRyunosuke 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.
  • David Peace

    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) which has been adapted into a three part Channel 4 series that aired in Spring 2009, GB84 which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Award, and The Damned Utd, the film version of which (adapted by Peter Morgan and starring Michael Sheen) was released in Spring 2009. Tokyo Year Zero, the first part of his acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy, was published in 2007, and the second part, Occupied City, in 2009.

“David Peace writes the boldest and most original British fiction of his generation.”
- Richard Lloyd Parry, New York Times
“His best to date.”
- David Mitchell

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