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Mario Bellatin's playful biography of the most influential and largest-nosed obscure Japanese writer of the last century, Shiki Nagaoka, has proven to be so popular that it is now being reissued by Phoneme Media. With this book, Bellatin succeeded in sparking a huge and richly deserved modern resurgence of interest in Nagaoka's life and work. New fans of the Japanese writer, dubbed "Nagaokites" in the worldwide press, have propelled this book to heights as fabulous and ethereal as the actual writer himself. In it, Bellatin recounts with an almost paternal air Nagaoka's early life, including his failed first attempt at love, his decision to enter the monastic life, and his family’s disavowal of him. He also contextualizes Nagaoka's untranslatable and nearly impossible to find masterwork, Photos and Words, his early use of narrative photography, and describes his ineffable influence on other important world artists, including writers Juan Rulfo, José María Arguedas, Tanizaki Junichiro, and filmmaker Yasujirô Ozu.
Number of Pages: 128
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Author: Mario Bellatin
Street Date: October 1, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-4179