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The Art of Kozu

Winner of the 2014 MMU Novella Award

James Edgecombe

The Art of Kozu by James Edgecombe

To an artist such as Kozu, the muddy vulgarity of detail was prized above all else . . . a genius when it came to painting women, he went against the grain of Japanese art, painting from life, from observation rather than memory and imagination. He had no compunction in using people, whether servants or lovers, to set his scenes, no fear of dissection or execution. His paintings testify to a criminal indifference.

With the war over, interest is renewed in the art of Yuichiro Kozu - a figure loved and lauded by some, hated and reviled by others. Can the truth really be understood from a painting, or is a story also required . . . ?

RRP: £6.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910124000
Publication Date: 18/09/2014

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James Edgecombe
James Edgecombe lives with his wife Yuko, and their two children, Rintaro and Hinako, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in southwest Devon. Having lived and taught in Hokkaido...


‘Steeped in the culture of Japan and written in an elegant style that doesn’t waste time with unnecessary description, this book is a fitting testament to Yuichiro Kozu’s work.’

World Literature Today

‘This is an astonishing exposé of a world in which people are used, and abused, for political and financial gain. Whether a lover of art or not, this novella is well worth reading for its intellectual challenge and searing insight.’

The Book Trust

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