Julia Glassâ€™s latest book strikes right to the core of personal identity. How do we solidify our sense of who we are if we donâ€™t know where we came from? In what ways can we take our place in the universe if our knowledge of our past is incomplete?
I have never quite read anything like SILENCE ONCE BEGUN. Itâ€™s disturbing, lyrical, original, provocative, and experimental in the best of ways. Yet it stands on the shoulders of giants that came before it: Sartre comes to mind, as does Camus.
The premise is instantly (pardon the pun) arresting. A thread salesman named Oda Sotatsu signs a confession for a crime that has baffled the Japanese authorities â€“ eight older individuals disappear without a trace in what becomes known as the Narito Disappearances. Yet once jailed, he utters barely a wordâ€¦.even though we, the readers, know he is not guilty from the first pages.