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Shōgo Satō

Shōgo Satō 佐藤正午

Shōgo Satō (1955–)  was born in the city of Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture, where he continues to live and work. Many of his stories are set in a regional city modeled on his hometown. He made his writerly debut after winning the Subaru Literary Prize in 1983 for Eien no nibun no ichi (Half of Eternity). His 2000 novel Janpu (Jump) was named the best book of the year by Hon no zasshi (Magazine of Books), a book review monthly; it became a bestseller and was adapted into a movie. In 2017 he received the Naoki Prize for Tsuki no michikake (The Waxing and Waning of the Moon) as a first-time nominee. A versatile writer, Satō may adopt a hardboiled style in one work, then turn around and write a sentimental love story for his next. His other titles include Go (Five), featuring a philandering novelist as the main character, Hato no gekitai-hō (How to Repel a Pigeon), Mi no ue banashi (A Checkered Past), and Y.

Books by Shōgo Satō
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    A Checkered Past

    First-person narrator Kengo Katsuki relates his wife Michiru's story, going back to events in her life before they met. The account begins when Michiru is 23 and working as a bookstore clerk in a regional city. She has been in a steady relationship with K …

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    How to Repel a Pigeon

    In this suspense-filled novel, the inadvertent release of counterfeit bills into general circulation is linked to the disappearance of a husband, wife, and daughter. The story is narrated by “real-life” novelist Shin’ichi Tsuda, purportedly telling …

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    The Waxing and Waning of the Moon

    The story of a love cut short by death—but that then persists over multiple reincarnations. The event that sets everything in motion is an illicit love affair that takes place in the mid-1980s between Ruri Masaki, 27, and Akihiko Misumi, 20, a college s …

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