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Yu Nagashima

Yu Nagashima 長嶋有

Yu Nagashima (1972–)   began writing in the mid-1990s. In 2001 he concurrently entered five separate works in five new-writer contests. One of them, Saidokā ni inu (Dog in the Sidecar), won the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers, marking his official debut as a writer of note. The same story was nominated for an Akutagawa Prize, but it was Mō supīdo de haha wa (Mother at Hyperspeed) that would win him that honor later the same year; he has been writing successfully ever since. He has a deep affinity for the subcultures of manga and video games, writing critiques in these fields, and has also been a writer of haiku since the early days of his career. He received the Kenzaburo Ōe Prize in 2007 for the novel Yūko-chan no chikamichi (Yūko’s Shortcut), and in 2016 he won the Tanizaki Jun’ichirō Prize for San no tonari wa go-gōshitsu (Next to Apartment 3 Is 5). He gives his works striking titles that reflect a unique sense for the Japanese language, and this has won him many fans in the literary community, including Kenzaburō Ōe. He also shows a deft touch in his descriptions of the delicate psychology of his female characters; his early works frequently led him to be mistaken for a woman writer.
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Books by Yu Nagashima
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    Mother at Hyperspeed

    The title story in this collection describes a period of just over a year in the lives of a mother and her fifth-grader son, Makoto, in a small Hokkaido city. Having divorced her husband, the mother took Makoto to Hokkaido to live with her parents, but th …

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    Next to Apartment 3 Is 5

    The place is the Daiichi Fujioka apartment house, located in an unremarkable residential neighborhood on the western outskirts of Yokohama. More specifically, it is Apartment 5, the middle unit on the second floor. The story follows the 13 different tenan …

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