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Masumi Ōshima

Masumi Ōshima 大島真寿美

Masumi Ōshima (1962–)  loved reading from the time she was a small child, and with her sights already set on becoming a novelist, began writing fiction while still in middle school. During college she launched a theater group and tried her hand at both scriptwriting and directing, but she returned to fiction again in her late twenties. Her literary debut came in 1992 when she won the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers for Haru no tejina-shi (Spring Magician). That same year her Sora no ie (House in the Sky) was shortlisted for the Subaru Literary Prize and became the title work of her first story collection. She has produced new titles at a prolific rate ever since, including the 2011 novel Pietà, set in 18th-century Venice, which became a publishing sensation and was voted third in the 2012 Booksellers Award balloting. 2014 brought her first Naoki Prize nomination for the novel Anata no hontō no jinsei wa (Your True Calling). Her other titles include Chokorietta (Chokoliet), which was adapted to film in 2015; Niji-iro tenki ame (Rainbow-Colored Sun Shower); and Bitā shugā (Bitter Sugar), which was made into a ten-part drama series on NHK. She portrays the fragility of human existence in limpid prose.

Books by Masumi Ōshima
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    Geranium Garden

    One New Year’s Day when narrator Ruru is in her mid-twenties, her 80-year-old grandmother Toyose learns that Ruru has gotten a story published in a literary journal, and urges her to write about the major family secret she has related to Ruru in bits an …

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    Your True Calling

    The story begins as Mami Kunisaki, a 25-year-old fledgling writer, is brought to the stately mansion of best-selling author Holly Moriwaki by the editor they share, a man named Kagami. Since winning a new-writer prize and making her literary debut a year …

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