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Teru Miyamoto

Teru Miyamoto 宮本輝

Teru Miyamoto  (1947–)  was born in the city of Kobe. He took a job as a copywriter after graduating from college but subsequently resigned to pursue a career as a writer. He made his publishing debut in 1977 after winning the Dazai Osamu Prize for Doro no kawa (Muddy River), a work of literary fiction based in part on his own life. The following year he was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for the mid-length Hotarugawa (River of Fireflies). Both works became bestsellers, assuring his future as a writer. He has gone on to receive the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature in 1987 for the novel Yu-shun (Racehorse), the MEXT Award for the Arts in 2004 for the novel Yakusoku no fuyu (The Appointed Winter), and the Shiba Ryōtarō Prize in 2010 for Gaikotsu biru no niwa (The Skeleton Building Gardens). Other major titles include Dōtonborigawa (Dōtonbori River), the third work in what has come to be referred to as his “river trilogy”; Kinshū (tr. Kinshu: Autumn Brocade), in which Miyamoto makes masterful use of the epistolary novel form; and the more recent Kusabana-tachi no shizukana chikai (The Quiet Covenant of the Flowers). Occasionally venturing into the realm of purely escapist entertainment fiction as well, he is a highly versatile author.

Books by Teru Miyamoto
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    Autumn Brocade

    The story unfolds gradually through an exchange of letters between Aki and Yasuaki, a former married couple who, ten years after their divorce, meet by chance at a mountain resort. The events leading to their separation, as well as their respective s …

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    The Quiet Covenant of the Flowers

    Kikue Alcott, 63, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Japanese descent, dies of a sudden heart attack on April 14, 2013, while bathing in a hot spring during a visit to Japan. Her American husband Ian died a year earlier of pancreatic cancer, and her only daugh …

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