Pa­tient X David Peace Faber £14.99

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The life and work of the Japanese writer Ryuno­suke Aku­ta­gawa in­spire this in­tense col­lec­tion of sto­ries. Partly bi­o­graph­i­cal, but more an ex­plo­ration of his ob­ses­sions, it con­jures up a sur­real world in which mad­men, dop­pel­gangers and demons rub shoul­ders with Christ, Bud­dha and Jack the Rip­per. The nar­ra­tive is a hall of mir­rors in which it’s of­ten un­clear which char­ac­ter is be­ing writ­ten about – or who is do­ing the writ­ing. But it’s one of the most orig­i­nal and in­trigu­ing books you’ll read this year. An­thony Gard­ner

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