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The Fat Years by Koonchung Chan

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The book concerns “the matter of Oda Sotatsu,” a young thread merchant who was arrested and eventually hanged for the Narito Disappearances on the strength of a confession, which a man named Sato Kakuzo, and his girlfriend, Jito Joo, coerced him into signing one night at a bar. The question, then, is not who committed the crime, but rather why a presumably innocent man would willfully condemn himself and, in a clear nod to The Trial, whether there was ever a crime in the first place.