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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.

Minako Oba*
2012/03/05 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Minako Oba*

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Minako Ōba ({birth_death}) expresses ideas that are “nothing short of cosmic,” says literary critic Masashi Miura in a review in the Mainichi shimbun, September 23, 2007. In her works, people are just one life form among many, living, dying, and enjoying sex. Ethnic, national, and cultural differences, as well as personal agendas, therefore lose meaning. … Details

Asa Nonami*
2012/03/05 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Asa Nonami*

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Asa Nonami {birth_death}uses the mystery genre to write stories that probe deep into the human heart. After dropping out of the sociology department of Waseda University, Nonami went to work for an advertising agency. One day she happened to come across an invitation for submissions to the Japan Mystery and Suspense Grand Prize, sent in … Details