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Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata 村田沙耶香

Sayaka Murata (1979–) was a fan of manga and novels for girls and started writing fiction while still in elementary school. She became serious about her vocation during college, and made her debut as a writer in 2003 when Junyū (Breast-Feeding), a short story, received a merit award in the Gunzō Prize for New Writers competition. She continued writing while supporting herself with odd jobs like clerking at convenience stores, and in 2009 won the Noma Prize for New Writers for Gin iro no uta (Silver Song). In 2013, she took the Mishima Yukio Prize for Shiro-iro no machi no, sono hone no taion no (Of Bones, of Body Heat, of Whitening City). With her unusual style and her ability to penetrate disturbingly far into the recesses of contemporary female psychology, she is one of the rising stars of women’s writing. Other works include Mausu (Mouse, 2008), Hoshi ga suu mizu (Water for the Stars, 2010), and Hakobune (Ark, 2011).

Books by Sayaka Murata
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    Silver Song

    One of a pair of novellas, the title story describes the sexual development of a girl from early childhood to puberty in the frankest terms. The "I" narrator is a naturally timid and clumsy child who tends to mess up anything she tries to do. This only pr …

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    Of Bones, of Body Heat, of Whitening City

    Set in a rapidly developing "new town" where homes and buildings keep going up and new residents keep pouring in, this novel tells of the first love and sexual awakening of an adolescent girl. The story spans two time periods: when narrator Yuka Tanizawa …

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    Convenience Store Woman

    Narrator Keiko Furukura is 36 and unmarried; in fact, she has never even had a boyfriend. She has been working as a convenience store clerk since 1998, when she first left home to go to college and moved to Tokyo. Seeing a help-wanted ad for a new conveni …

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    Dwindling World

    This is a mind-bending thought-experiment novel portraying a parallel-world Japan where artificial insemination techniques, pioneered during World War II to compensate for so many men being away at the battlefront, have advanced to the point where sexual …

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