If you read THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura, published last year in the United States, you might have some preconceived notions about EVIL AND THE MASK, his second novel to be translated into English (very ably done, once again, by Satoko Izumo). This is a somewhat different book, not only in its subject matter but also in its scope and focus. It is a tale about revenge, misdirected anger, politics, and redemption of a sort. And it’s also a love story, a very unexpected one.
EVIL AND THE MASK is the story of Fumihiro Kuki, the youngest son of the “elderly” (60 years old and change) patriarch of a powerful family whose influence spreads invisi