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Snakelust Kenji Nakagami

Snakelust

Kenji Nakagami

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When Kenji Nakagami burst onto the literary scene in the 1970s, he was seen as a breath of fresh air in the stuffy world of Japanese letters. He came from the Alley, the ghetto world of Japans underclass that for centuries has been condemned to doMoreWhen Kenji Nakagami burst onto the literary scene in the 1970s, he was seen as a breath of fresh air in the stuffy world of Japanese letters. He came from the Alley, the ghetto world of Japans underclass that for centuries has been condemned to do unclean work. He had left school to work on construction sites, thought of becoming a sumo wrestler, and then, out of the blue, won a major literary prize.The seven stories collected here span the whole range of his writing. Nakagamis birthplace was a mountainous region of dense forests, waterfalls, and remote temples. Nakagami draws on this background in several tales of red-eyed demons and mountain bandits, but he focuses mainly on the violent lives of his contemporaries: drunks and day laborers, gamblers and battered wives.His prose is tough, spare, and stylish, making him known to many of his readers as the Japanese Hemingway.