Oh, Tak, I along with Olivier who told me about it, really got to like that book.
It's a bit hard to read at points, but.. keep going.
I'll be interested in your take on it.
Did you read the japanese one yet? That one wasn't a memoir, like Woman in Berlin or Suite Franchaise, but I bet there's some lot of reality to the writing scenarios - a crime book set in Japan just post war. (The Tattoo Murder Case, by Akimitsu Takagi (in translation). I liked that Tattoo crime book least, but eventually found it "a good read".