Kazufumi Shiraishi

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Kazufumi Shiraishi

Kazufumi Shiraishi 白石一文

Kazufumi Shiraishi (1958–)  is the son of novelist Ichirō Shiraishi. The two are the only father-son pair to have both received the Naoki Prize, the father on his eighth nomination after numerous disappointments and the son on his second, for the 2009 Hokanaranu hito e (To an Incomparable Other). At his prize press conference the son got a laugh by joking that he had always “hated” the Naoki because of the grief it had put his father through. The younger Shiraishi’s first job out of college was as an editor and magazine reporter at Bungeishunju. He published his first work, Isshun no hikari (A Ray of Light), in 2000, and three years later quit his company to become a full-time writer. In 2009 he received the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize for Kono mune ni fukabuka to tsukisasaru ya o nuke (Remove That Arrow from Deep in My Heart); other novels include Suna no ue no anata (You upon the Sands; 2010). Shiraishi’s stance toward love and life powerfully informs many of his works, lending them a philosophical ring.

Books by Kazufumi Shiraishi
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    To an Incomparable Other

    A man and a woman, both from well-to-do families, respectively figure in this pair of novellas about love. The title work centers on Akio, the third son of a distinguished family whose great-grandfather was a successful entrepreneur. Whereas his father an …

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    Me Against the World

    I have a son and daughter, and a wife, but I have no love for them. Humankind is a cancer; people are cancer cells. We have abandoned Mother Earth and are destroying it with our unrestrained propagation. This is the nihilistic opening line of a manuscrip …

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    A Ray of Light

    At the young age of 38, Kōsuke Hashida is chosen to head the personnel department of a company that belongs to one of Japan’s largest conglomerates. A rising star on the corporate fast track, he is engaged to be married to 28-year-old Rui Fujiyama, dau …

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    The Lightless Sea

    A man at a crossroads in his life reflects on his past and the choices he has made while desperately seeking a ray of hope for the future. For the last ten years, 50-year-old Shūichirō Takanashi has been president of Tokumoto Industries, a mid-sized wh …

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    On the Shores of Memory

    Fictitious Japanese novelist Sōichi Koga, known to the world by his pen name of Jin Tezuka and regarded as a potential Nobel nominee, dies at the age of 54 leaving a number of unanswered questions about his life. The story follows the efforts of his brot …

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