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Masaya Nakahara

Masaya Nakahara 中原昌也

Authors tend to be a strange lot, but Masaya Nakahara  (1970–)  may be the strangest of them all. He incessantly complains that he can't stand writing and is not shy about claiming he only does it for the money, yet this lack of enthusiasm does not prevent his works from being gushed over by critics and snapped up by hip Tokyo youth. Nakahara initially rose to fame as a noise musician, releasing albums under such names as Boryoku Onsen Geisha (literally, "violent hot-spring geisha") before turning to fiction writing in 1998. His first full-length novel, Arayuru basho ni hanataba ga . . . (Bouquets of Flowers Everywhere), received the Mishima Yukio Prize in 2001. The story collection Na mo naki kojitachi no haka (A Grave for Nameless Orphans) was awarded the Noma Prize for New Writers in 2006, and in 2008 Nakahara Masaya sagyo nisshi (The Daily Logs of Masaya Nakahara) was chosen for the Bunkamura Deux Magots Literary Prize by the sole juror, novelist Gen'ichiro Takahashi. An oral autobiography, Shindemo nani mo nokosanai (Not Leaving Anything When I Die), was published in 2011.

Books by Masaya Nakahara
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    A Grave for Nameless Orphans

    "Dumb" 81, "blood" 25, "sex" 18: that's the tally novelist Hiromi Kawakami gave in a book review of the number of times each word appears in this collection of 16 stories, which includes the Akutagawa Prize nominee Tenmetsu . . . (Blinking). Granted, a lo …

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    Bouquets of Flowers Everywhere

    As of December 2011, this is the only novel that this gifted writer has written. It starts in a room in a building known as the Ugly Duckling House, where a man named Tetsuya is tied up and subjected to awful torture. Kobayashi, his obese tormenter, is a …

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