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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.

Shugoro Yamamoto*
2012/03/08 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Shugoro Yamamoto*

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Shūgorō Yamamoto ({birth_death}), an aloof, antisocial writer with little interest in other people's commentary, was the first novelist in the history of the Naoki Prize?given out for works of popular fiction by established writers?to refuse the award. Yamamoto, whose real name was Satomu Shimizu, became an apprentice at a pawnshop after graduating from elementary school. The … Details

Yoshiki Tanaka*
2012/03/08 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Yoshiki Tanaka*

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Yoshiki Tanaka {birth_death}, who began his career as a novelist after winning a sci-fi magazine’s new writers’ award, possesses a wide scope of talents. His works range from space operas and fantasy adventures to present-day stories and historical novels about medieval Japan and China. He has matured into a writer whose works cannot be described … Details