Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction

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By Mario Bellatin

Translated from the Spanish by David Shook

Blurring the lines between fiction and biography, Mexican novelist Mario Bellatin invents a mysterious Japanese writer with an untranslatable and nearly impossible to find masterwork, whose revolutionary contribution to world literature was overshadowed only by his extraordinary nose.

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Paperback: 9781944700102



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.

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