Silence Once Begun
Silence Once Begun
A Novel
Jesse Ball



From the celebrated author of The Curfew ("A spare masterwork of dystopian fiction" —The New York Times Book Review), Jesse Ball's Silence Once Begun is 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 appears on the police's doorstep, 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, honor, 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.

Title Silence Once Begun
Subtitle A Novel
Author Jesse Ball
Publisher Pantheon
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Title First Published 28 January 2014
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 256 p.
ISBN-10 0307908488
ISBN-13 9780307908483
Publication Date 28 January 2014
Main content page count 256
Weight 32 oz.
List Price $23.95
 


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