Nobuko Takagi

NOBUKO TAKAGI, author of The Shadow of the Orchid, was born in 1946. She won the Akutagawa Prize in 1984 for her novel Embracing the Light. Her fiction deals with love in many different guises: pure love, married love, extra-marital affairs, and love triangles. Her rich, sensuous prose often focuses on the dark side of human nature, and on the psychological mechanisms of love.