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Kōtaro Isaka

Kōtaro Isaka 伊坂幸太郎

Kōtaro Isaka (1971–)  was a big fan of Sōji Shimada’s mysteries in high school, and later became hooked on the literary fiction of Kenzaburō Ōe. He had his sights set on becoming a writer from the time he was in college; after graduating he began submitting his work to new-writer contests while working as a systems engineer. His literary debut came in 2000, when his novel Ōdyubon no inori (Audubon’s Prayer) won the Shincho Mystery Club Prize. His next novel, Rasshu raifu (A Life, 2002), brought a dramatic expansion in his fan base. He received the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers in 2003 for his novel Ahiru to kamo no koin rokkā (The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker), and the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories in 2004 for his story Shinigami no seido (tr. 2006 as The Precision of the Agent of Death). His late 2007 novel Gōruden suranbā (tr. 2010 as Remote Control) was a triple winner, garnering the 2008 Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize and Booksellers Award as well as first place in the 2009 Konomys rankings. Other works include Modan taimusu (Modern Times, 2008) and PK (2012). Noted for his intricate plots, surprise twists, and oddball devices?the victim in his maiden work is a talking scarecrow?Isaka has been entertaining a new generation of readers with one bestseller after another, as well as earning critical praise as a writer of serious fiction.

Books by Kōtaro Isaka
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    Remote Control

    Remote Control is a thriller that, unlike most Japanese thrillers, is set in the city of Sendai, not in Tokyo or Osaka. It depicts the 48-hour-long flight of a young man framed for the assassination of a newly elected prime minister. The politician?a Send …

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    The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker

    This novel marked the arrival of a fresh new voice in the mystery genre. In alternating chapters, two narrators?Shiina (male) describing the present, and Kotomi (female) relating events that began two years ago?tell the curious tale of what has unfolded i …

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    PK

    This volume contains three medium-length works set in a Japan of the near future. Loosely linked in their subject matter and themes, they are regarded collectively as the author’s "futurist trilogy." In the title work, "PK" is a reference both to "psyc …

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    Eine kleine Nachtmusik

    Characters who play a supporting role in one tale become central figures in another in this collection of six short stories. Linked across a span of some 20 years, they center on connections and missed connections between men and women. The first and tit …

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