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Shinobu Suga

Shinobu Suga 須賀しのぶ

Shinobu Suga (1972–)  was born in Saitama Prefecture. She traces her love of books back to when she read the classical Chinese historical epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms when she was in elementary school. As she grew older, she acquired an interest in Germany, and chose modern German history as her college major. In 1994, when she was a senior in college, her YA science-fiction novel Wakusei dōwa (Fairy Tale of the Planets) won the Cobalt Paperback Novel Prize. As a result she went straight to being a professional writer after graduation without first doing a stint at a regular job. She continued writing stories for young girls, and in 2011 the epic-length Kami no toge (The Sting of God), a novel set in Nazi Germany, was ranked among the best of the year by all of the mystery periodicals. In 2012 she received the Sense of Gender Prize for Fuyō senri (Cotton Rose in a Distant Land), and in 2016 she garnered the Haruhiko Ōyabu Award for Kakumei zen’ya (Revolution Eve), a thriller set in East Germany leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2017, her Mata, sakura no kuni de (See You in the Land of Cherry Blossoms) was shortlisted for the Naoki Prize. Her more recent titles include Gēmu setto ni wa mada hayai (It’s Too Early to Call the Game), and Konpeki no hate o miyo (Look Beyond the Azure Sky). She is an up-and-coming writer with a clear talent for producing solid historical entertainments.

Books by Shinobu Suga
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    Revolution Eve

    The Berlin Wall that had restricted travel between East and West Berlin since 1961 was taken down on November 9, 1989, leading shortly thereafter to the demise of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the …

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    See You in the Land of Cherry Blossoms

    Sandwiched between the great powers of Germany and Russia, Poland has twice been wiped off the map in the course of history. This historical novel traces, through the eyes of a Japanese observer, the country’s ordeals during the Second World War. The ma …

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