Yūshō Takiguchi

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Yūshō Takiguchi

Yūshō Takiguchi 滝口悠生

Yūshō Takiguchi (1982–)  was born in Tokyo. Upon joining the workforce straight out of high school, he began writing articles for a free paper on the side, and moved from there to trying his hand at fiction. In 2005, inspired by the author Kazushi Hosaka, he decided to go back to school and enrolled in night classes in the School of Literature at Waseda University. A little over three years later he withdrew and went to work for a food import company while continuing his creative writing on the side. He made his literary debut after winning the Shincho Prize for New Writers in 2011 for his short story Gakki (Musical Instruments). The work is included in his first collection of stories, Nezō (Sleeping Posture), published in 2014. His second collection, Ai to jinsei (Love and Life), was awarded the Noma Prize for New Writers in 2015. That same year his mid-length Jimi Hendorikusu ekusuperiensu (Jimi Hendrix Experience) made the short list for the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for the first half of the year, winning particularly high praise from Yōko Ogawa on the selection committee; he then took the prize for the second half of the year with his novella, Shinde inai mono (Those Who Are Not Dead). Takiguchi’s writing is filled with plot twists and surprises that take readers outside the conventional frameworks of fiction. He also exhibits a refreshing sense of humor.

Books by Yūshō Takiguchi
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    Jimi Hendrix Experience

    A mid-length work in which 33-year-old Ippei remembers the events of an aimless road trip he made on a used 50 cc motorbike when he was a freshman in college. It was 14 years ago, shortly after the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2 …

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    Those Who Are Not Dead

    A large extended family gathers for the funeral of the patriarch, who has died at the age of 85. The action centers on a wake held the night before at a country meetinghouse near the old man’s home. Among those gathered to remember the old man are his …

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