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Riku Onda

Riku Onda 恩田陸

Riku Onda (1964–)  became addicted to books in elementary school, starting with Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A remarkable bookworm even by the standards of her profession, she read voraciously during her school and college years, from the mysteries of Agatha Christie to the sci-fi and horror novels of Stephen King, and the works of such Japanese greats as Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, Kafu Nagai, and more. This broad base underpins her tremendous creativity across genres today. Onda turned to writing after first working for a life insurance company, making her debut in 1991 with Rokubanme no Sayoko (The Sixth Sayoko), a finalist for the Japan Fantasy Novel Award. She has published prolifically ever since, amassing an impressive roster of works that includes the 2004 Yoru no pikunikku (Nighttime Picnic), a novel about youth that won both the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers and the Booksellers Award; Yujinia (Eugenia), recipient of the 2006 Mystery Writers of Japan Award; the mystery Nakaniwa no dekigoto (The Incident in the Courtyard), a 2007 Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize winner structured around a play within a novel; and the fantasy trilogy Tokono monogatari (Tales of the Tokono), which appeared between 1997 and 2005. Her Mitsubachi to enrai (Honeybees and Distant Thunder) won the Naoki Prize for the second half of 2016 as well as the 2017 Booksellers Award.

Books by Riku Onda
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    Eugenia

    The classic police novel A Death in a Town by Hillary Waugh is the inspiration behind this tour de force from Riku Onda, who has been nicknamed the "wizard of nostalgia" for her concern with memory and her talent for evoking worlds that are bygone yet poi …

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    Nighttime Picnic

    Based on an annual tradition at the author's own high school, this masterful tale centers on the "training walk" held each October at North High School. All 1,200 students spend a full day covering a distance of eighty kilometers?an undertaking that for t …

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    The Incident in the Courtyard

    This ambitious entertainment novel with a highly complex structure?it has not just one, but two, plays nested within it?makes frequent reference to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as it probes the nature of love and the borderline between performa …

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    Honeybees and Distant Thunder

    Set at a fictitious international piano competition that has become a key stepping-stone for rising young classical pianists, this Grand Hotel–style novel traces with richly textured detail the multiple rounds of judging that span more than two weeks. …

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    Dominos

    One day in July, Tokyo Station and its environs become the stage for 28 different characters to encounter one another in a series of interwoven events that build briskly to a climax. As the terminus of numerous long-distance train lines, including the Tok …

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