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Yasushi Inoue’s “Life of a Counterfeiter,” translated by Michael Emmerich, contains three stories: the eponymous novella and two shorter pieces, “Reeds” and “Mr Goodall’s Gloves.”

“Life of a Counterfeiter” concerns a journalist procrastinating over the long-delayed biography he’s writing of the artist Onuki Keigaku. He learns that Keigaku knew another artist, Hara Hosen, who sold counterfeits of Keigaku’s work. As he investigates, he finds the story of a talented man crushed by his friendship with a true artistic genius.

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