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(pseudonym of Nagai Sokichi). Born Dec. 3, 1879, in Tokyo; died Apr. 30, 1959, in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture. Japanese writer. Member of the Japan Academy.
Nagai studied at the Chinese division of the Tokyo Institute of Foreign Languages. His first novel, The Flowers of Hell (1902), was written in imitation of E. Zola. From 1903 to 1908, Nagai lived in the USA, later living in France, where he became interested in the symbolist movement. Nagai used as the setting for his novels the entertainment districts and the world of prostitutes and geishas, for example, The River Sumida (1909), Geisha in Rivalry (1916–17), Melting Snow (1921), and Before and After the Rainy Season (1931). During the period of fascism in Japan (late 1930’s through 1945), Nagai was forbidden to publish. Among his works that appeared in print after 1946 were The Order and The Danseuse. Nagai translated works by C. Baudelaire and P. Verlaine into Japanese.
WORKSNagai Kafu zenshu, vols. 1–28. Tokyo, 1962–65.
In Russian translation:
“Risovye shariki.” In Iaponskaia novella. Moscow, 1961.
REFERENCESIstoriia sovremennoi iaponskoi literatury. Moscow, 1961.
Logunova, V. Pisateli i vremia. Moscow, 1961.
Grigor’eva, T., and V. Logunova. iaponskaia literatura. Moscow, 1964.
N. G. IVANENKO