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Description - Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball

An astonishing novel of unjust conviction, lost love and a journalist's obsession. Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the 'Narito Disappearances', the crime has authorities baffled - until a confession is delivered to the police, signed by Oda Sotatsu, a thread salesman. Sotatsu is arrested, jailed, and interrogated - but he refuses to speak. Even as his parents, brother and sister come to visit him, even as his execution looms, and even as a young woman named Jito Joo enters his cell, he maintains his vow of silence. Our narrator, a journalist named Jesse Ball, is grappling with mysteries of his own when he becomes fascinated by the case. Why did Sotatsu confess? Why won't he speak? Who is Jito Joo? As Ball interviews Sotatsu's family, friends, and jailers, he uncovers a complex story of heartbreak, deceit, honour and chance. Wildly inventive and emotionally powerful, Silence Once Begun is a devastating portrayal of a justice system compromised, and evidence that Jesse Ball is a voraciously gifted novelist working at the height of his powers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781922182494
ISBN-10: 1922182494
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2014
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Jesse Ball

Jesse Ball is the author of three previous novels including Samedi the Deafness. His prizes include the 2008 Paris Review Plimpton Prize; his verse has been included in the Best American Poetry series. He gives classes on lucid dreaming and lying in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's MFA Writing program.

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