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Masatsugu Ono

Masatsugu Ono 小野正嗣

Masatsugu Ono (1970–)  maintains a steady output of fiction while doubling as a professor and researcher of Francophone literature. After doing graduate work at the University of Tokyo, Ono earned his PhD at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes ? Saint-Denis). In 2001 he made his fiction debut with the novel Mizu ni umoreru haka (The Water-Covered Grave), winner of the Asahi Award for New Writers. In Nigiyakana wan ni seowareta fune (Boat on a Choppy Bay, 2002), which won the Mishima Yukio Prize, Ono applied his study of creoles?the rich languages and cultures created from the blending of an indigenous culture with a foreign one. Alongside his own ongoing output of original fiction, such as Mori no hazure de (At the Edge of the Forest, 2006), Maikurobasu (Microbus, 2008), and Shishiwatari-bana (Lion’s Tread Point, 2013), he has also published translations of works by Édouard Glissant and Marie NDiaye. After three previous nominations for the Akutagawa Prize, he won the prestigious award in 2014 for Kyūnen-mae no inori (A Prayer Nine Years Ago).

Books by Masatsugu Ono
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    Boat on a Choppy Bay

    The setting for this novel?a village overlooking a bay at the foot of a peninsula jutting into the Pacific?is based on the author's actual hometown in Kyushu. Miki is a second-year middle-school student whose father, freshly transferred to a new post here …

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    Lion's Tread Point

    This mid-length work traces the mysterious events of one summer in the life of a boy who has been effectively orphaned. Escorted by a relative, ten-year-old Takeru Tamura moves from Tokyo to Takanoura in Kyushu, his mother's place of birth. Here in this t …

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    A Prayer Nine Years Ago

    This volume contains three short stories in addition to the title novella, which was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. As with all of Ono’s previous works, the tales are set in a small depopulating fishing village, modeled on his own birthplace i …

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