Yen Press Licenses Kiwamu Sato’s Tezcatlipoca

A Compelling Tale of International Crime From a Rising Star in the World of Japanese Fiction

Yen Press, LLC announced the future release of Tezcatlipoca, a brilliant and compelling crime novel by Kiwamu Sato that has won the 165th Naoki Prize as well as the 34th Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. No stranger to prestigious awards, Kiwamu Sato’s debut work QJKJQ was the winner of the Edogawa Ranpo Award with his followup work Ank: a mirroring ape winning the Haruhiko Oyabu Award and the Eiji Yoshikawa Literature Newcomer Award. The Yen On release of Tezcatlipoca marks the first of Kiwamu Sato’s prestigious novels to be translated to English.


In the wake of a brutal war with a rival cartel, a certain drug lord flees Mexico and ends up halfway around the world, where he runs into a Japanese organ broker doing business in Jakarta. After their fateful meeting, the two of them travel to Japan in order to establish a new business in the organ trade. There, the former cartel leader takes a young, lonely boy under his wing. These three lives gradually become inextricably entangled in a web of crime, violence, and human flesh…

Kiwamu Sato’s Tezcatlipoca has received critical acclaim from other lauded Japanese authors, such as Miyuki Miyabe (Brave Story, All She Was Worth) and Shion Miura (The Great Passage, The Easy Life In Kamusari), as well as celebrated figures in the world of Japanese media, such as Mamoru Oshii (director of Ghost in the Shell) and Paru Itagaki (mangaka of BEASTARS). As the publisher of prestigious Japanese works, such as Keigo Higashino’s The Miracles of the Namiya General Store and Tomihiko Morimi’s The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, Yen On is thrilled to welcome Tezcatlipoca and Kiwamu Sato to the English-reading world.

Tezcatlipoca will be available in hardcover and digital in February 2023.

About Yen Press, LLC

­­Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific publishers of manga and original graphic novels in the North American marketplace and a driving force in the introduction of light novels and Japanese literature to new readers through its Yen On and Yen Audio imprints. For more information, visit   

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