Hiroshi Ogiwara

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Hiroshi Ogiwara

Hiroshi Ogiwara 荻原浩

Hiroshi Ogiwara (1956–)  was a voracious reader of science fiction in grade school and of mysteries in middle school. He claims the influence of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. for the sense of humor he brings to his writing. After college he went to work for an ad agency and became a copywriter, but in his mid-thirties he struck out on his own as a freelancer. He made his literary debut at 39 when his first novel Ororo batake de tsukamaete (Catcher in the Ororo) won the 1997 Shōsetsu Subaru New Writers’ Award. His novel about early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Ashita no kioku (Tomorrow’s Memory), was awarded the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize in 2005. He was short-listed for the Naoki Prize several times, including for his 2005 novel Ano hi ni doraibu (Driving That Day) about a banker turned taxi driver, before finally winning it in 2016 with the story collection Umi no mieru rihatsuten (The Barbershop by the Sea). He also received the Yamada Fūtarō Prize in 2014 for Ni-sen nana-hyaku no natsu to fuyu (2,700 Summers and Winters). Ogiwara has shown himself to be a superb literary technician, writing in a wide variety of styles from hardboiled tales filled with gags to horror and suspense, historical fantasies set in ancient times, and more, with a seemingly endless store of creative ideas. Among his other novels are Kamisama kara hitokoto (Words from Above), Aishi no zashikiwarashi (Our Beloved House Sprite), and Kingyo-hime (Princess Goldfish).

Books by Hiroshi Ogiwara
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    Tomorrow's Memory

    Workaholic Saeki is a 50-year-old marketing rep for an ad agency. He's just won a lucrative new contract to promote the Internet startup GigaForce, his 24-year-old daughter is about to be married, and he sees nothing but smooth sailing ahead. Then in earl …

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    The Barbershop by the Sea

    A collection of six stories linked by the common theme of family bonds?the strong and unbreakable ties between father and son, mother and daughter, husband and wife. The title story is set in a barbershop located off the beaten track and housed in a remo …

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