Fumi Nakamura, ‘Enma the immortal’

Enma the ImmortalTattoos can confer immortality. It’s a good beginning. In 1866, a young man in Japan wakes to find that the design newly inked into his skin has made him immortal. He must make his way through history constantly set apart, never aging, trying to deal with the temptation to do to someone else what was done to him.

It’s an engaging tale which never makes the mistake of trying to be anything other than human: no epic clashes of supernatural forces, but the story of what people do in unnatural situations. The story is told in five sections, between 1866 and 1945, but there is always continuity: each chapter builds on the events of the past to develop Enma’s struggle to find a way to exist in the world. It’s part thriller, part love story, and part historical drama, and none the worse for being all three.

If I had a quibble, it was that I was disappointed that the story skipped all the way from 1895 to 1945: I’d been appreciating the chance to learn more about Japan’s history, and it seemed like the country’s development mirrored Enma’s own. I felt I was missing out by not knowing what had happened in those fifty years. But that’s my problem.

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1 Response to “Fumi Nakamura, ‘Enma the immortal’”


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