Fuminori Nakamura is as brutally honest in person as he is in his prose.

“If I had never stumbled across fiction, I think my life would have been completely different. I might not even be alive right now,” the author says while discussing “My Annihilation,” the latest of his novels to be translated into English. “What saved me at that difficult time were novels that portrayed the dark side of human existence. I could carry on — the novels showed me that everyone has problems, so living is possible.”

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