Evoking the phantoms of decadence, the memories of colonialism, and the beauty of decadence, Mari Shimizu crafts a strange world with her dolls. Vita Nova collects Shimizu’s dolls and dioramas as they inhabit a grim cabaret.
The puppet emperor was born in the 1930s with a festival. Manchuria, a nation of short life. Pursue each paradise and throw yourself into the frenzy of a Harbin Cabaret; think of the asylum aristocrats and the descendants of hidden Christians.
Book has four sections: Belle Epoque, Confusion, Revolusion, and Vita Nova.