Authors

Hiroko Oyamada

Hiroko Oyamada 小山田浩子

Hiroko Oyamada (1983–)  was born in Hiroshima, where she continues to reside today. After graduating from the University of Hiroshima with a degree in Japanese language and literature, she worked at a variety of jobs, including an editorial production company, before getting married and becoming a homemaker. Around this time she also began writing fiction in earnest, and in 2010 she won the Shinchō Prize for New Writers for Kōjō (Factory), a mid-length work drawing on her experiences working as a temp for an automaker’s subsidiary. The collection of stories in which the work subsequently appeared became a finalist for the Mishima Yukio Prize and received the Oda Sakunosuke Prize in 2013. The mid-length Ana (The Hole) garnered her the coveted Akutagawa Prize for the latter half of 2013, and has been republished as the title story of a second collection of her works. Although she professes to be writing realistic fiction, animals that may or may not exist and strange visions are a frequent occurrence in her stories?and represent an important part of her appeal.

Books by Hiroko Oyamada
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    The Hole

    This memorable tale of how easily the ordinary can veer into the extraordinary or even abnormal is portrayed through the experiences of the unsettled female protagonist, Asahi Matsuura, 30. Her husband, Muneaki, is transferred by his employer to a workpla …

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    Factory

    This first book by an author who represents a new generation of women writers contains two novellas and a short story. The title work, the novella that was author Hiroko Oyamada’s publishing debut and earned her the Shinchō Prize for New Writers, is s …

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