Sexagenarian Kogito Choko finally makes up with his estranged brother-in-law-and must then investigate his suicide. Not about death but about friendship; buy the -Nobel prize winner's latest for smart readers.

Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe takes readers from the forests of southern Japan to the washed-out streets of Berlin as he investigates the impact real and imagined pasts have on present lives.