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Maha Harada

Maha Harada 原田マハ

Maha Harada (1962–) is a native of Tokyo who studied art history in college, then worked in-house at a number of art museums before becoming a freelance curator. She made her literary debut in 2005 when her first novel Kafū o machiwabite (Waiting for Good News) won the Japan Love Story Award; the work sold over 370,000 copies and was adapted to the big screen. She has continued to produce entertainment fiction in the years since, and in 2012 won the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize for her novel Rakuen no kanvasu (Painting of Paradise). As exemplified by her portrayals of Monet, Matisse, Degas, and Cézanne in Jiverunī no shokutaku (Giverny’s Table), she is noted for her ability to interweave well-grounded descriptions of art and the art world with ingeniously conceived story plots. Her pen name derives from Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s La maja desnuda (The Nude Maja) and La maja vestida (The Clothed Maja), and she styles her official website “Naked Maha” in English. Her other works include Nambā nain (Number Nine, 2009), Tsubasa o kudasai (Freedom in the Sky, 2009), and Kinema no kamisama (The Name Above the Title, 2011). She is the sister of the well-known author Munenori Harada.
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Books by Maha Harada
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    Painting of Paradise / La toile du paradis

    The story begins in the year 2000 at the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki, known for its impressive collection of modern paintings. Security staff member Orie Hayakawa receives an unusual request: with the cultural activities director of a major newspaper …

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    The Winged Girl

    Early on January 17, 1995, a devastating earthquake shook the Osaka-Kobe region of Japan and left 6,434 people dead, three missing, and 43,792 injured. In this story, first-grader Nike saw her parents burned to death right before her eyes in one of the co …

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    Under the Sun and Stars

    An 84-year-old San Francisco psychiatrist named Edward Wilson looks back on the days he spent in occupied Okinawa as a military psychiatrist not long after the end of World War II, and recalls the friendships he formed with a group of artists he met on th …

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    Romancier

    Twenty-something Michinosuke Onmyōji is the son of a famous politician. As a child, he was a girlish boy who loved to draw, and as he came of age he realized that he had a romantic preference for boys. In art college he was secretly in love with a guy in …

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    Guernica Under Cover

    Bearing a reproduction of Pablo Picasso’s masterwork Guernica on its cover, this novel weaves a tale of suspense around the temporary return of the painting to its longtime home in New York, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), for a fictitious Picasso retr …

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    Master Leach

    This is a novel inspired by the life of British potter Bernard Howell Leach (1887–1979), who lived and worked in Japan for about a decade early in his career. Leach was born in Hong Kong, the son of a colonial official, but spent the first three years o …

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