The Enlightenment of Katzuo Nakamatsu


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Published: May 9, 2023


ISBN: 9781953861528
This item will be released on May 9, 2023.


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Book Description

Katzuo Nakamatsu is at sea after being forced out of his job as a literature professor without warning. He retreats into flânerie, musing with imaginary interlocutors, roaming the streets of Lima, and reciting the poems of Martín Adán. Slowly, to the “steady beat of his reptile feet,” Nakamatsu arranges his quiet ceremony of farewell. With an electric lunacy, he spruces himself up with a pinstripe tie, tortoiseshell glasses, and wooden cane, taking on the costume of an old man he knew as a child, hoping to grasp that man’s tenacious Japanese identity. Like a logic puzzle, Enlightenment calibrates Augusto Higa Oshiro’s own entangled Japanese-Peruvian identity. Reminiscent of Kurasawa’s film Ikiru, Enlightenment emerges from a dark and labyrinthine mindscape, unraveling toward sublime disintegration.

One of the best short novels in the Spanish language . . . alongside Miss Giacomini, Pedro Páramo, Aura, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
Fernando Iwasaki

One of the best novels of what had transpired of this century.
Javier Agreda

This indispensable book is a piece of silversmithing that wounds like a slim dagger in the warp and weft of the spirit.
José Güich, Correo