Shūichi Yoshida

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Shūichi Yoshida

Shūichi Yoshida 吉田修一

Shūichi Yoshida (1968–)  hails from Nagasaki Prefecture, but moved to Tokyo to go to college. After working in a variety of jobs, including as a swimming instructor, he wrote Saigo no musuko (The Last Son) in 1997, winning the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers as well as a nomination for the Akutagawa Prize. His 2002 novel Parēdo (Parade) depicted young people staying in others' homes, a situation he has described as similar to a period in his own life when he relied on a string of acquaintances for a place to sleep. Parēdo won him the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize, given to full-length novels in the popular entertainment vein. That same year he made his mark as a writer in his prime by garnering the Akutagawa Prize—awarded to serious works of "pure literature"—for Pāku raifu (Park Life). A film buff, Yoshida collaborated on the script for the film adaptation of his 2007 bestseller Akunin (Villain, tr. 2010), a title which won the Mainichi Publishing Culture Award and the Osaragi Jiro Prize; and he directed the short film Water. His other novels include Yokomichi Yonosuke (Yonosuke Yokomichi) of 2009, which won the Shibata Renzaburo Award in 2010, Heisei saru kani kassen zu (Monkey and Crab Battle of the Heisei Era) of 2011, and the suspense novel Taiyō wa ugokanai (The Sun Doesn't Move) of 2012.
www.yoshidashuichi.com

Books by Shūichi Yoshida
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    Parade

    The author's first full-length novel, the story is set in a suburban Tokyo three-room condo—two bedrooms plus the living-dining-kitchen space—where five young people ranging in age from 18 to 28 form a curious group of cohabitants. Ryosuke, a 21-year- …

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    Park Life

    The prizewinning title story in this collection is set in Hibiya Park, an urban oasis of more than 160,000 square meters located in the center of Tokyo. The first-person narrator works for a company that sells bath gels and other products. One day a woman …

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    Yonosuke Yokomichi

    The story depicts a year in the life of Yonosuke Yokomichi, who at age 18 leaves his native Nagasaki to attend college in Tokyo. He enrolls in the Business Administration Department of a private university with over 7,000 students and moves into an apartm …

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    Railway

    This business novel opens in 1999, when Oi Bussan, a big Japanese trading firm, wins a bid to help construct the high-speed north-south rail line linking the Taiwanese cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung (which in fact ultimately went into operation in January …

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    A Collection of Crime Stories

    Five short crime stories probe the depths of human avarice, revealing the unpredictability and fragility of life with the same acute sensibilities author Shūichi Yoshida brought to such best-selling works as Akunin (tr. Villain) and Ikari (Anger), both …

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