Oscar Nakasato

Oscar Nakasato is Brazilian, grandson of Japanese immigrants. He is a writer and college professor. Master in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature and Ph.D. in Brazilian Literature, he published his thesis entitled “Images of Integration And Duality: Japanese-Brazilian Characters in Fiction” by Blücher in 2010. For years, he wrote critical reviews of Japanese literature for daily “Folha de S. Paulo”.
He won literary awards with the tales HELLO, PERI’S EYES and BOY ON THE TREE. Already published in Japan, NIHONJIN, Nakasato’s debut novel, won the following awards: Benvirá Prize for Literature (2011), Bunkyo Prize for Literature (2011) and the Jabuti Award (2012). His second novel, DOIS (TWO), was published in Brazil by Tordesilhas in 2017. He has just delivered his third novel, OJIICHAN, which is under submission in Brazil.
This contemporary classic novel is a fictional memoir: the protagonist’s grandson narrates the story of a family of Japanese immigrants along eight decades of the 20th century. Hideo Inabata arrives to Brazil with his wife and faces hard work on the coffee plantations, the difficulty of adaptation to the new country, discrimination, and restrictions on individual freedom during the Second World War. The Brazilianization and political-ideological positions of his son and the interracial marriage of his daughter are two major conflicts that move the plot.
Winner of Benvirá Prize for Literature (2011) and Jabuti Award for best novel in 2012), NIHONJIN is always considered among the ten best works of Brazilian literature in this century. It is also among the 20 best narratives of the last 20 years according to a poll conducted by the newspaper "Cândido", in 2014. Meu avô é um Nihonjin (My Grandpa Is A Nihonjin), the Animation Feature film based on the novel, produced by Pinguim Content, and directed by Celia and Rita Catunda, is a finalist to Mianima 2022-2023, a program from MIA Association (Mujeres en la Industria de la Animación), in Madrid, focused on projects by women from Spain and Latin America. Publication/Status: Published by Benvirá (Brazil), in 2011. By Textofilia (Mexico) in 2021, and by Suiseisha (Japan) in 2022. Animation Feature film from Pinguim Content to be released in 2023. [176 pages]
Two distinct voices narrate this novel. Two elderly brothers tell their lives each from a different angle, with a different focus, revealing their peculiar identities. The oldest, Zé Paulo, is conservative and methodical. The youngest, Zé Eduardo, is restless and unstable. While Zé Paulo’s language is colloquial, as he is talking to his grandson, Zé Eduardo’s narrative is formal, he is writing his diary. They have two other siblings: Zé Carlos, a policeman, and Maria Luisa, who abdicates her personal life and devotes herself to their family. Zé Paulo lives all his life in Maringá, a provincial town; there, he gets married and has three children.
Zé Eduardo leaves to São Paulo, where he integrates an urban guerrilla during the military dictatorship and, as a result, is exiled. When he returns to Brazil, he is back in touch with his older brother, but their relationship is never to be warm. Ana Paula, Zé Paulo’s teenage daughter, is rejected by her father and finds refuge in her uncle’s words and arms. Then a tragedy ends the fraternal relationship for good.

Publication/Status: by Tordesilhas (Brazil) in November 2017.