Nakagami Kenji

▪ Japanese writer
born Aug. 2, 1946, Shingū, Wakayama prefecture, Japan
died Aug. 12, 1992, Wakayama prefecture

      prolific Japanese novelist whose writing was deeply influenced by his upbringing in a burakumin family.

      Nakagami was a rarity among modern Japanese writers in that he was not a college graduate, nor could he be described as an intellectual. Even more striking was his willingness to be identified with the burakumin, Japan's traditional underclass, which has historically been discriminated against and sometimes considered to be less than human. He was also a member of the generation born after World War II. It was in these capacities that he wrote novels that were profoundly different from those of both older writers and his own generation. He did not hesitate to reveal that his mother was unmarried when he was born, that he barely knew his father, and that his elder brother, an alcoholic alienated from his family, committed suicide.

      In his fiction Nakagami often returned to the burakumin community where he grew up. The novel Misaki (1976; “The Cape”), which won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, describes the extremely complicated relations within his family, including scenes of suicide, madness, and rape. The brutal strength of his narratives powerfully struck critics who had thought that the Japanese novel might die with Ōe Kenzaburō. Nakagami's late works, such as Sanka (1990; “The Paean”), have been characterized as going beyond blunt realism to pornography. He died of cancer at age 46.

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