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Contemporary Japanese Writers

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Contemporary Japanese Writers is a three-volume series that was compiled and published by the Japanese Literature Publishing and Promotion Center (J-Lit Center) between 2007 and 2009. Intended to help bring new Japanese writers and their works to the attention of overseas audiences, each volume introduces 50 authors with brief biographical profiles and synopses of three of their most important works. The 150 featured authors—all but a few still living and actively writing—were selected from the far greater pool of available candidates based on the literary awards they had received and their extensive backlists of titles as yet unknown outside Japan. Authors already familiar to readers abroad—the Nobel laureates Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburo Oe, and the much-translated Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, for example—were intentionally excluded. The resulting lineup represents the brightest stars of contemporary Japanese literature who, though not yet widely recognized beyond our borders, appear regularly on bestseller lists and garner the greatest attention from reviewers in Japan. The volumes have been well received at book fairs around the world.

Kazushige Abe*
2015/03/23 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Kazushige Abe*

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Kazushige Abe {birth_death} became fascinated with movies from a young age. This passion led him to drop out of high school and head for Tokyo, where he enrolled in the Japan Academy of Moving Images with the intention of becoming a film director. He graduated in 1990 and worked as an assistant director in several … Details

Kazushi Hosaka*
2015/03/18 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Kazushi Hosaka*

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Kazushi Hosaka {birth_death} is the standard-bearer of a group of writers in the generation after postwar baby boomers like Haruki Murakami. This unstructured group might be called the "nothing much happens" school and is represented by many young writers, male and female. Their fiction consists of matter-of-fact expositions of daily life, without any notable occurrences. … Details