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Kaoru Takamura

Kaoru Takamura 高村薫

Kaoru Takamura  (1953–)   worked for a foreign trading company after graduation and started writing fiction only in her mid-thirties. Her breakthrough came in 1990 with the publication of Ōgon o daite tobe (Grab the Money and Run), a novel about a bank robbery, which won the Japan Mystery and Suspense Grand Prize. Ribiera o ute (Shoot Riviera), the story of an international conspiracy, was awarded both the Mystery Writers of Japan Award and the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize. In 1993 she won the Naoki Prize for Māksu no yama (Marks’ Mountain), a mystery in a mountain setting, establishing herself as a best-selling author. It was in this book that Detective Yūichirō Gōda made his first appearance; he went on to become a recurring figure in her work. Takamura won an audience writing tales of suspense in the conventional hard-boiled style, but embarked in a radically new direction in 2002 with Haruko jōka (Haruko’s Love Song), the saga of a family set in a framework of modern and contemporary Japanese history. In 2006 she received the Shinran Prize for part two of the saga, Shin Ria-ō (A Modern King Lear), and the last installment of the trilogy, Taiyō o hiku uma (The Horse of the Sun), was awarded the Yomiuri Prize for Literature in 2010. Among her other books is Redī jōkā (Lady Joker), about the Glico-Morinaga incident, a celebrated case of kidnapping and extortion that embroiled corporate Japan in the 1980s.

Books by Kaoru Takamura
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    The Horse of the Sun

    Filling two volumes, this is the final episode of a trilogy that traces the lives of four generations of the Fukuzawas, a conservative political family based in Aomori Prefecture, over the span of a century. In this book Akiyuki Fukuzawa, a Zen abbot, is …

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    Working the Earth

    While firmly rooted in realism, this story of an elderly man who continues to work the family farm in his isolated mountain hamlet after the death of his wife evokes between its lines the aesthetic of yūgen—a profound, mysterious sense of beauty, and o …

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