Censored, Dead or Alive (1948–1950, 1973–1980)
This chapter provides the account of Nagai Kafū, an author known equally well for his immaculate high style as for the rather “maculate contents” of his fiction, as well as for dabbling with the debauched dancing girls of Asakusa. Kafū remains one of the more confounding literary figures in modern Japan. His uncanny ability to occupy simultaneously the highest and lowest of poles is perhaps best symbolized by his receipt of the prestigious Order of Cultural Merit in 1952 and by his posthumous appearance twenty years later as a fictional character in one of the indicted Nikkatsu Roman porn films in 1972.
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